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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/21/2009

Forecast: Sun shines bright through tomorrow

By Brian Jackson

No weather worries until Friday

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. 72-75. | Tonight: Clear and cool. 46-52. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. 74-78. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

If only every fall day could be like today and tomorrow, then most of us would have little to complain about. If you haven't yet gone pumpkin picking, now is the time to visit your local patch before rain chances return just in time to sour the first half of our weekend. The good news, though, is that this rain won't be as chilly as the last.

Today (Wednesday): Loads of sun will continue to dry up any leftover wetness from last week's hydro-assault. With morning lows starting a bit warmer than yesterday, afternoon highs will respond in kind, likely topping out in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds will be light, likely around 5 mph or less. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear skies will sparkle overnight with temperatures a bit warmer than recent nights owing to a not-quite-as-dry air mass overhead. Look for overnight lows in the mid-to-upper 40s (suburbs) to low 50s (downtown). Confidence: High

Keep reading to find out when our stretch of delight will end...


Fall foliage yesterday in Chantilly, Va. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Shall we do it all over again? Another mostly sunny day is on tap with perhaps some high clouds arriving by late afternoon. We'll also be seeing our warmest weather in almost two weeks as highs likely rise to at least the mid-70s. Winds continue light, from the southwest around 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Skies become partly to mostly cloudy courtesy a cold front not too far to our north. Clouds should be it, though, as we should stay dry through morning. The clouds keep temperatures from droppng too low -- overnight lows bottom around the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday starts mostly cloudy and trends cooler, but still pleasant with highs on their way toward the low-to-mid 60s. Our run of good luck most likely comes to an end with showers arriving in the afternoon or evening as a storm system moves in from the west. Confidence: Medium

Shower chances increase Friday night and we could see more of a steadier light rain develop, but at least it won't feel as raw as our last rain event. Overnight lows should stay up in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

While the heaviest of the rain may stay north of the metro area on Saturday, we'll still probably see enough showers to make it a less-than-ideal start to the weekend. All in all a gray, damp and breezy day. But we'll luck out with temperatures staying relatively warm. Highs make a run at the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium

Saturday night, if all goes according to schedule, showers taper off and skies begin to clear with lows around 50. Confidence: Medium

Sunday we'll start the cycle all over again. Saturday's rain chances and clouds are replaced by a fair amount of sun and highs in the 60s. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | October 21, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

Looking good out there! Wishing my kickball game tonight was a bit earlier so I could enjoy it. Rats!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 21, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Fine, clear October weather. Rainy weekend could be negative but there's a difference from last week. This weekend's temperatures should be in the normal sixties, not the boring forties.

The downside involves a threat of thunderstorms on Saturday. By October we're outside the "normal" thunderstorm season, so any convective activity would be frontal in nature, and not likely to be severe. To have severe weather at this time you need a potent cyclone with rather large temperature contrasts on either side of any frontal boundaries. We could have a rather strong cold push next week.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 21, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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