Forecast: Sun & sixty early week, then showery
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Yesterday, our three local airports fell just shy of 60 (59 at Reagan National and Dulles, and 57 at BWI). Over the next three days, we stand a strong chance of reaching that elusive number at least once as we continue thawing out after one of the longest winters in recent memory. Then, the rains will come. The period from late Wednesday into the weekend looks cloudy and quite wet. So get your fill of sunshine early on this week.
Today (Monday): The heavy winter coat probably isn't necessary, but the morning chill (within a few degrees of freezing) probably justifies something of a more medium-weight. Like yesterday, the afternoon will be on the cusp of feeling warm... pleasantly mild in the sun, and a bit cool in the shade. Under mostly sunny skies, most spots will max out within a couple degrees of 60. A breeze from the northwest will blow around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: It will be clear and cool overnight, with lows near 30 in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s downtown. Winds will be close to calm. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through the week...
Tomorrow (Tuesday): Just like today, we'll get off to a cool start, but head right back up towards 60 degrees by mid-afternoon. Skies will remain mostly sunny and winds will remain light, mainly from the west around 5-8 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: Clear skies early will yield to some increasing clouds late at night as winds flow up from the south ahead of a develop storm system in middle of the country. The southerly flow and increase in cloud cover will prevent temperatures from taking a big fall. Lows will range from the mid-to-upper 30s in the suburbs to the low 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
Clouds will continue increasing during the day Wednesday with a slight (20-30%) chance of showers late in the day. Winds from the south should boost temperatures well into the 50s despite diminishing sunshine. Scattered showers are possible (40% chance) Wednesday night, with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium
Cloudy and wet weather is likely for the period Thursday through Sunday. A very slow moving weather system will head towards the region from the west and south, with abundant moisture out ahead of it. While it won't rain the whole time, there will be periods of rain which may be heavy at times. The prospect of heavy rain atop the mountain snowpack may lead to some river flooding issues downstream. Highs will generally be in the 50s with lows in the 40s Thursday through Saturday. It may turn a little cooler Sunday, with highs holding in the 40s. Confidence: Medium
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