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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/31/2010

PM Update: Spring weather in full bloom

By Ian Livingston

A bit of a summer preview... minus the high humidity

* Back-door cold fronts and historic weather | No March freeze at DCA *
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We've said goodbye to the clouds and cool weather and hello to a warming trend that will likely push many to and past 80 in the coming days. Meanwhile, winds continue to blow in the wake of the strong coastal system that plagued the northeast through last night. But highs rising through the upper 60s to near 70 made the winds bearable and they will soon be just a memory as well.

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Temperatures fall to around 60 near sunset which should make for nice Cherry Blossom viewing. Winds also diminish quite a bit this evening, before becoming light overnight. Otherwise it's mostly clear and pretty calm, with lows dropping to the low-and-mid 40s in the suburbs to around 50 downtown.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Today's pleasant weather turns awesome tomorrow as the mercury climbs even higher and winds become little to no issue. Afternoon temperatures will make a run to the mid-and-upper 70s under sunny skies.

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Northeast flooding: While we mostly missed out from the large Nor'easter that sat off the coast through last night, the same can't be said for places to our north. Rhode Island was particularly hard hit, with up to about 10" of rain falling over the course of the last few days -- on top of the now-record rainfall that had already fallen this month. Schools, roads -- including I-95 -- and businesses are closed today as floodwaters continue to rise.

By Ian Livingston  | March 31, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

Looks like we'll finish either 9th or 8th warmest on record for March at DC.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 31, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Thinking back on our winter and now the New England flooding, I'm sure glad the notion that global climate change will lead to more extreme weather events is just a hoax! (That was sarcasm)

Posted by: mhardy1 | March 31, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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