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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/23/2010

Forecast: Fabulous Friday, then weekend showers

By Camden Walker

Chance of t-storms Sunday; unsettled into next week

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Near 70. | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. 47-55. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered showers (50% chance). Mid-60s. | Sunday: Showers likely. T-storms possible too. Low-to-mid 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

A. Camden WalkerFirst the great news: Today's sunny and 70 will be pretty amazing! However, clouds increase tonight, and the likelihood of showers and thunderstorms isn't too far behind. On the bright side, there is hope that neither Saturday nor Sunday will be total washouts, and temperatures remain mild through the weekend. But we'll have a hard time shaking the shower chances even as we get into next week.

Today (Friday): Morning temperatures rise through the 50s and into the 60s, peaking around 70 for afternoon highs. Should be just about perfect, especially with partly to mostly sunny skies and a light breeze from the north. Just be mindful of the high UV index. And allergy sufferers, keep your medicine nearby. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds increase tonight, but there shouldn't be any rain to worry about until a 20% chance of showers after midnight. Otherwise, it's a nice and fairly mild spring evening as temperatures fall through the 60s, and land in the upper 40s (suburbs) to mid-50s (downtown) for overnight lows. Confidence: Medium-High

How worried should I be about rain this weekend? Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Partly to mostly cloudy skies, along with a decent chance of some scattered showers, should keep highs to around the mid-60s. Overall chance of rain for any given location is about 50%. By afternoon, breezes from the southeast likely pick up to around 10 mph or 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Shower chances stay around 50% through the evening before an area of steady, heavier rain likely moves through between midnight and sunrise. Most of us should see lows only down to the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Once the area of steadier rain exits in the morning, we're back to the chance (around 60%) of scattered showers and possibly thunderstorms for the remainder of the day. At least warm flow from the southwest will give temperatures a boost -- highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Partly to mostly cloudy skies persist during a potentially showery (60% chance) Sunday night with lows in the 50s. We just can't get the cold front to clear through the area fast enough! Confidence: Medium

A lot of clouds could stick around Monday and Tuesday as isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast. Temperatures should be pretty pleasant, in the 60s to near 70. Confidence: Low

By Camden Walker  | April 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

I have great weather for my walk to my dentist.. anyone else have a dental or doctor visit this morning? At least we have a gorgeous morning haha

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 23, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

What are the odds of lightning between about 5am - 9am on Sunday? There is the GW Parkway Classic 10 miler run in Alexandria... hoping it's not cancelled.

Posted by: mscmsc | April 23, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Hi mscmsc - I lean toward optimism that there'll be NO lightning during this time. I believe 10% chance or so. That's a remote enough chance to plan on finishing the run, right?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 23, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Yeah....I don't recall too many early morning T-storms in April

Posted by: dhenfan | April 23, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Would you say that Sat. am seems to be the best time for outdoor activities?

Posted by: Tom8 | April 23, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

dhenfan - well, climatology supports what you say, I just believe it to not be impossible on Sunday. Low low chance in the morning though - yes :-)

Tom8 - you got it! Exactly right. Sat AM is my recommended timeframe for outdoor activities this weekend! get out and enjoy a little...

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 23, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the lightning chance here is greater during Sunday afternoon/evening.

There could be some chance of a morning thunderstorm on Monday morning if that's when the cold front is going through our area.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 23, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

agreed, Bombo47jea - I just didn't want to 100% rule out the chance of lightning on Sunday morning. But 90% in the clear. with, as you say, a greater chance Sunday PM into Sunday night.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 23, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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