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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 10/11/2009

Forecast: Sunday Sunny Sunday

By Brian Jackson

Cool fall weather takes hold

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Today: Mostly sunny. 68-71.| Tonight: Clear and cool. 42-49. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. 60-64. | A Look Ahead | Get CWG's Express Forecast by E-mail


A cool pattern has settled into the region -- with below-average temperatures forecast for the next 5 or so days. But we should be able to enjoy it since it will be mostly dry, with the highest chance for showers coming during the overnight period tomorrow night.

Today (Sunday): Fall days don't usually get much better than we'll see today. With a few clouds mixed in with abundant sunsine, temperatures should reach the upper 60s to near 70. Winds will be out of the north and light at less than 10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: We'll have another chilly night. Under partly cloudy skies, temperatures will generally drop into the mid-40s for a low, with the outer north and west suburbs near 40 and downtown areas closer to 50. All and all, a pretty characteristic mid-October night. Winds will continue to blow lightly from the north. Confidence: High

Keep reading to see our forecast throught mid-week...

Tomorrow (Columbus Day): Dry weather should last long enough for you to enjoy the holiday and put you in a great mood to begin a short work week. A mostly sunny start will likely be replaced by increasing clouds through the day. The building clouds will inhibit temperatures from rising too much and we'll be looking for highs only in the low 60s. But we'll stay dry, so that counts for something. Winds will be out of the east at less than 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: We can't hold off the threat of rain forever and tomorrow night looks like we might take a hit. Though the bulk of the rain should stay south of the metro area, we'll see a 50/50 chance of few showers moving through. Skies will be overcast through the night with lows reaching the lower 50s. Confidence: Medium


On Tuesday any lingering showers should begin to taper off by the early afternoon and we could salvage a halfway decent day in their wake. Skies will clear out behind the showers and we 'll return to highs near 70 degrees. Expect partly cloudy skies overnight, with lows in the mid-40s to around 50. Confidence: Medium

On Wednesday, temperatures will swing modestly downward. We'll see partly sunny skies and a slight (20%) chance for a light shower or two. Afternoon highs will likely top out in the lower 60s. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | October 11, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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Chilliest lows since May 19 at DCA and IAD. First time in the 40s (49) since at DCA and first time in the 30s (39) at IAD this cool season.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 11, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

There seems to be some threat of an early nor'easter during the period Wednesday-Saturday. This could affect areas as far south as the Mid-Atlantic, though the area from New Jersey to New England could be most impacted.

[My dance nights are tomorrow, Tuesday & Friday, with a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening. Metro could be a bigger issue than rainstorms, unless it gets too breezy for an umbrella.]

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 11, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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