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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/24/2010

Forecast: Pair of warmer days before rain returns

By Dan Stillman

Thurs. night-Fri. rain leads into early-weekend chill

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Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
7Despite the breeziness, sun & 60s are a marked improvement from yesterday's dreary 50s.
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Today: Mostly sunny & breezy. Mid-to-upper 60s. | Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. Upper 30s to mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance of showers late. Upper 60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


After the recent stretch of sun and 70s, our spring awakening hit a bump in the road with a showery Monday and a cloudy and cool Tuesday. Temperatures move back in the right direction today and tomorrow, before rain and cooler air make a comeback tomorrow night and Friday. The weekend gets off to a sunnier but chilly start, with shower chances threatening to return before Sunday is out.

Today (Wednesday): We're mostly sunny today now that a large low-pressure area, which bothered us with showers and clouds the past couple days, has moved well to the northeast. The sun should help highs to the mid-or-upper 60s. However, circulation around that departing low keeps us breezy -- around 10-20 mph from the west-northwest, with gusts to near 30 mph before easing later in the day. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Evening temperatures drop into and through the 50s as breezes decrease. As the night goes on, we may see some high clouds stream in from the west ahead of our next weather-maker. Lows dip to the upper 30s in the coolest suburbs to the low-to-mid 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): Skies trend partly to mostly cloudy as the next storm approaches from the west. Breezes should pick up a bit from the south in the afternoon, to around 10 mph, boosting highs to the upper 60s. Just in case, I'll mention a slight chance of a shower by late afternoon. But odds are the rain holds off until the evening or overnight. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Shower chances increase as the night progresses -- 40% chance before 10 p.m., 70% chance after -- with lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium


Friday looks to be a pretty disappointing end to the work week, with showers likely in the morning before decreasing in coverage in the afternoon. As the storm system's low-pressure center moves east of the area, gusty winds from the north and northwest will likely hold highs to the 50s under cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium

I'm optimistic we'll be mostly or completely rain-free Friday evening, but can't yet rule out a lingering shower. Also, if you plan to be out, you should be planning to dress pretty warmly. Evening temperatures should drop through the 40s on their way to overnight lows in the mid-30s downtown and near 30 outside the Beltway. Confidence: Medium

Partly to mostly sunny skies on Saturday may bring back memories of the glorious weather this past weekend. Unfortunately, the temperatures won't, probably only reaching highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Maybe some mid-50s if we're lucky. Saturday night shouldn't be as cold as Friday night, but still cool with lows in the 30s. Confidence: Medium

Winds from the south warm things up just a bit on Sunday with highs in the 50s. But whaddya know -- our next storm system is already entering the picture from the west. That means increasing clouds during the day and the potential for showers by Sunday afternoon or night. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Dan Stillman  | March 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Could we trade today for Saturday and/or Sunday? Still cool with the breeze this morning, but the afternoon should be pretty sweet. -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 24, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

March seems to be returning to its mood swings--lamb one day, lion the next.

Otherwise, the weather is getting boring enough that I'm beginning to check out the Florida thread on the Eastern U.S. weather board. Down there they are complaining about one of the coolest winters on record.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 24, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

& speaking of mood swings, bombo, we have had our first March-feeling breezes! I was surprised how calm and impossible the kite flying month had been so far!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 24, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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