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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/30/2010

Forecast: Some sun today; warmth coming

By Matt Rogers

70s and possibly near and past 80 around the corner

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4Less wet than yesterday and some sun, too. But temperatures are cooler with gustier winds. Boo.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy. Chance of showers mainly north and east. Windy. Low-to-mid 50s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 38-42. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny with lingering breeze. Warmer. 66-70. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

A slow-moving, intensifying coastal storm lingers to our northeast today and tomorrow. While it will generate gusty winds and try to throw clouds and a chance of showers our way, we'll also see sun trying to work its way in from the west. The low will depart for good later tonight and open the door to a beautiful setup for the late week and upcoming holiday weekend.


Radar: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation over past three hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Tuesday): We're looking at a cool, blustery day with a chance of showers mostly, but not limited to, north and east of town. Skies may fluctuate between partly sunny and mostly cloudy, with enough sun to get highs to the low-to-mid 50s. Winds could be as high as 20-30 mph at times mostly from the north. That means wind chills will in the 30s and 40s. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Still a risk of showers for everyone early this evening, but again the main focus of any shower activity should be north and east of the District. Winds should become lighter (10-15 mph from the north) as the storm moves away overnight. Under partly cloudy skies, lows should range from the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly to mostly sunny skies kick off a spell of dry and warmer weather. Highs should surge into the mid-to-upper 60s, and I would not be surprised to see a 70-degree reading. Winds will still be breezy, around 10-20 mph from the northwest before diminishing in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear skies and light winds should push temperatures back down into the 40s, but we could see outlying areas dip lower toward the upper 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday and Friday launch us into the super-spectacular weather range with very warm highs in the upper 70s or possibly even low 80s (especially to the south). Sunshine should dominate, with the exception of some scattered fair weather clouds. Overnight temperatures should drop into the 40s, possibly low 50s in the city, with mostly clear skies. Confidence: Medium-High

The upcoming weekend looks excellent with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures, but it's not yet clear exactly how warm it will be. On one hand, a strong buckle in the jet stream could give us a shot at the upper 70s to low 80s. The other option is that stalled high pressure along the East Coast could send in cooler breezes from the ocean, which could cap highs in the low 70s. Either way, the weekend looks fantastic, mostly sunny and warm. Lows should be mostly in the 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Matt Rogers  | March 30, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
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Comments

Nothing but sunshine out here, altho it's blustery and only 41 degrees. No clouds to speak of, so I figured the front had roared outta here ahead of schedule, as March weather is wont to do .....

Posted by: weathergrrl | March 30, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Same thing here in western Loudoun. Almost cloud-free, blue skies. I'm hopeful the combination of sun and breezes will really help dry things out!

Posted by: k9frizb | March 30, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if this link will come through, but the satellite imagery right now shows a fine line where the cloud shield ends and sunshine begins (western suburbs). Still very cloudy over the DC immediate area and afternoon instability should kick up more clouds even for you again. http://wwwghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/GOES/GOES13152010089L4s26Q.jpg

Posted by: MattRogers | March 30, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Somewhat of a transition zone in Sterling, alternating between mostly cloudy and mostly sunny skies. It's kind of chilly out there!

Posted by: Sterlingva | March 30, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

That's an impressive view. Matt. Will be sorry to see the sun disappear ... :(

Posted by: weathergrrl | March 30, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry, the coming days will more than make up for today! I cannot wait.

Posted by: MattRogers | March 30, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Some sunshine is working into the DC area more strongly now, but still think more clouds will intrude this afternoon. And the windy chilly conditions will persist.

Posted by: MattRogers | March 30, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Okay, not to be too greedy, but will the sunshine and warmth stick around till Monday?

Posted by: erbele | March 30, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Well, Monday is Monday right? There might be a cool front coming through early on Monday that would introduce some clouds and less warm conditions. I don't see anything as crazy wet as yesterday, but Monday is not an easy answer yet. Sorry.

Posted by: MattRogers | March 30, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Sunny blue skies in Fairfax. I think that "2" needs to be upgraded to at least a 4.

Posted by: rwalker66 | March 30, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh yes, Monday is Monday!! I was thinking maybe I could wait till Tuesday to start the work week, but it seems that it might be better to miss work on Friday than on Monday. Of course putting work priorities first. ;-)

Posted by: erbele | March 30, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Are we ever going to have any actual spring days before shooting into the 80s?! Can't say I'm looking forward to that at all. Once it gets above 75, it feels like summer.

Especially since all the buildings (like my school and my apartment) are planning on leaving the HEAT on until May...ugh.

Posted by: dinergirl1 | March 30, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Busted forecast" in a sense...it actually seems to be clearing around here. Last night was calm but damp, rather than the wind-driven rain we were forecast.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 30, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Bombo, indeed. If you scroll up and look at the radar you can see how close the rain was (Baltimore), but really struggling to get down here. That is a good thing, but I still believe clouds will fill in again this afternoon.

Posted by: MattRogers | March 30, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Some updates made to forecast above to account for more sun today and warmer temps that originally forecast, and lingering breezes into tomorrow.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 30, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Hi-

I live downtown near the Convention Center...is there an automated weather station at the DC Convention Center that's posted online...if not, what's the closest one to that neighborhood?

Posted by: dcbat | March 30, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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