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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/19/2010

Forecast: Spring fever still going strong

By Camden Walker

Super weather lasts into Sun. before showers threaten

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Today: Mostly sunny, light breeze. Low 70s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Upper 30s to mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Amazingly gorgeous. Low-to-mid 70s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers late. Low 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


The only crimp in this amazing streak of weather is the pollen, which is approaching high levels. But even as a seasonal allergy sufferer, I have to relish in this otherwise PERFECT weather. The D.C. area rarely puts such a string of spectacular days together. We'll bask in sunshine and highs near or above 70 until showers threaten Sunday evening as a cold front approaches.

Today (Friday): Fly a kite today (skip out on work?) while we have some light breezes, around 5-10 mph from the northwest and west. Highs should hit the low 70s with more of those mostly sunny skies. Keep in mind that the UV index will be just a tad high, but not much of a concern unless you're out for more than an hour or so in midday sun. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies stay mostly clear, allowing temperatures to fall quite a bit. Downtown bottoms around the mid-40s, with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s outside the Beltway. Confidence: Medium-High

When do showers start to threaten? Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): We continue to get pay-back for such a snowy winter: Mostly sunny with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. As the day goes on, light winds from the west shift to come out of the south well ahead of an approaching cold front. Get in that great outdoor time while we still have it! Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Clear again for the most part, with a few clouds after midnight. We're looking a little warmer than previous nights as lows settle around the mid-40s in the suburbs, to the upper 40s to near 50 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: A fair amount of morning sun is possible before skies probably cloud over in the afternoon as a cold front approaching from the west gets closer. The clouds may keep highs slightly lower than Saturday, in the low 70s (that's still darn nice). Can't rule out a late-afternoon shower, but more likely rain will hold off until Sunday evening or overnight. Confidence: Medium


The cold front, and an area of low pressure along it, should move close enough for a 50% chance of showers Sunday night. Increasing breezes from the south keep us mild with lows in the low 50s. Confidence: Medium

Some rain and gusty breezes are likely on Monday. As of now, the chance of rain is about 70%. Temperatures come back to reality a bit with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Showers may linger into Monday night. Confidence: Low-Medium

Then on Tuesday we really cool off with highs in the 50s and maybe a few showers still around early. An even bigger reality check, but at least the pollen count should be down thanks to the cooler temperatures and Monday's rain. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  | March 19, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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The pollen is no fun. But I dare anyone to find something else to complain about this weather? -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 19, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Light frost the last 3 mornings in Centreville VA.
Potholes being patched.
Evergreen devastation being tidied.
Bulbs coming up.
De-icer & battered shovels returned to storage area.
Welcome spring!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Apparently prognostication is, well, predictable. Clearly, it's a skill that transcends weather: Check out the celebrity leader in the WAPO NCAA Men's Basketball tournament challenge. None other than CWG's Jason Samenow.

Posted by: reedd1 | March 19, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Only 51F for a low downtown last night. Amazing! How about everyone's basketball brackets...still intact? :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 19, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Camden, what's your downtown station? DCA was able to get to 45, so heat island working overtime it seems?

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 19, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

My bracket took a hit last night. What a crazy first day! Looks like this weekend will be a mix of basketball watching and yard work.

Posted by: bgaffney491 | March 19, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for noticing-we'll see how long it lasts... It was a good first day although it would've been better had the Texas/WFU and Florida/BYU games gone differently.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 19, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

It's great to be retired...soaking in the sun...and following the brackets. Morgan State is putting up a fight, but West Va. leads right now...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 19, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Wind! I need WIND! @Dan, I'm complaining about light winds tomorrow. How light will they be?

Posted by: --sg | March 19, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

But I dare anyone to find something else to complain about this weather? -Dan, CWG

Too warm! I like my gradual waltz into seasons. Temps should not be this warm yet. My wife typically complains that we get only 2 seasons, winter and summer. While 72 is not exactly summer, 50's and 60's should be the order of the day for the next several weeks.

But this is really a nit I am you'll have to excuse me while I head out and enjoy the glorius weather.

Posted by: amaranthpa | March 19, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Gang how are we looking in the terms of thunderstorms because its been to long since Ive heard that boom crack.

Posted by: snowlover31 | March 19, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Gang how are are we looking in terms of thunderstorms becuase its been a while since i heard that BOOM CRACK:>

Posted by: snowlover31 | March 19, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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