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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/ 5/2010

Forecast: A midweek spell of summer-like heat

By Jason Samenow

Cool down arrives Friday

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A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
8Another really nice day but an outside chance of late day shower.
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Today: Partly to mostly sunny, small chance p.m. shower. 76-80. | Tonight: Slight chance of evening shower, then partly cloudy. 55-60. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny and very warm. 85-89. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


What a spring we've had so far. Only two days in the past 30 have been cooler than average and we've had 11 days with highs at least 68. Today will be another spring-like day but tomorrow and Wednesday we skip a season with conditions more typical of summer. Temperatures will climb at least into the mid-80s with some spots making a serious run at 90, especially Wednesday. We will experience at least a temporary cool down Friday into the weekend.

Today (Monday): We'll have warm temperatures today courtesy winds from the south (at around 10 mph, with gusts to 15-20 mph). Mostly sunny skies this morning will give way to partly sunny skies this afternoon as a weak front approaches the region. It could set off an afternoon shower (less than 20% chance) -- especially northwest of the region. Most spots should remain dry though with highs reaching the upper 70s to around 80. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: After a slight (20%) chance of an evening shower, the rest of the night will be partly cloudy and mild. Lows will range from the mid-50s in the cooler suburbs to near 60 downtown. Winds will be from the west at around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the week...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): In a setup characteristic of summertime, high pressure sitting off the Southeast coast will pump up warm air. Highs will range from the mid-to-upper 80s and you may even notice a touch of humidity. But don't worry, it won't be oppressively humid and we shouldn't threaten the record high of 92. Winds will be from the south around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: It will be a very mild night everywhere with lows about 20 degrees above average. In town, lows will only fall to the low 60s with some mid-to-upper 50s in the cooler suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High


A few spots may hit 90 on Wednesday as the feed of warm air from the south continues. The record high of 94 at Reagan National (DCA) should be safe though as I see highs in the upper 80s in most locations. Sky conditions will continue to be partly to mostly sunny with that breeze from the south at about 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday promises to be another warm day ahead of a cold front that will probably pass through the region overnight. Highs should reach well into the 80s once again. Overnight, showers and thunderstorms are likely with the frontal passage, with lows in the 50s. Confidence: Medium

Cooler air streams into the region on Friday and Saturday but may start eroding on Sunday. Highs Friday should be around 60 under variably cloudy skies (and a small chance of a late-day shower) with only 50s possible Saturday under partly sunny skies. Lows should be in the mid-30s to low 40s. By Sunday, highs should climb back into the 60s under partly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | April 5, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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I'm among the contingent of Nats fans who will drive up to Altoona on Sunday for the debut of that pitcher, what's his name, dang, can't remember, anyway, praying for decent weather.

Posted by: jaybird926 | April 5, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Steven Strasburg?

Posted by: megamuphen | April 5, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys - I realize the Orioles home opener isn't until next Friday, but what are the long term forecasts looking like? 3:00 in Baltimore!!!


Posted by: authorofpoetry | April 5, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Spamity spam spam above. First two comments.

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Posted by: wiredog | April 5, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

the orioles home opener is this friday, april 9th. no long term forecast required.

Posted by: apeirond | April 5, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Yay spring!

On an unrelated note, have you guys considered having a more "mobile friendly" version companion blog? I noticed (especially over the winter when I was without power) that CWG is sometimes difficult or impossible to load on a Blackberry. (RIM's fault, not yours of course.)

Posted by: nocando | April 5, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

So 'long term,' may have been the wrong words but I noticed a bit of rain chances for it going to be a washout or will it be scattered?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | April 5, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse


Friday's a little uncertain...but slight chance of a shower (30%) and breezy with temps around 60.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | April 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for the question ... improving our mobile presence is definitely a priority. No timeline on specifics right now, but it's something we want to improve and we know folks are looking for that.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | April 5, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm not too worried about Friday...Thursday looks like the best rain chance, probably a late-day thunderstorm...there's even a bit of a chance this evening.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone!!! Looking forward to continuing my tour of baseball parks at Camden Yards under hopefully dry skies!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | April 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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