Forecast: Slow and steady warming
Rain possible Wed. and this weekend
FORECAST IN DETAIL
For the first several days of the week, we'll edge closer to 70-degree territory. By mid-to-late week, we'll reach it. Warm weather fans will be glad to know that in a week, 70 will, in fact, be average. Having said that, we've been no stranger to 70-degree weather this month despite our cool weekend: with highs averaging in the low 70s. While we've been warmer than average, we've been drier than average. And we'll be dry for a lot of this week, though showers may threaten this weekend.
Today (Monday): The day gets off to a very chilly start, with pockets of frost in the colder suburbs. But plentiful sunshine will warm us sufficiently to leave our jackets in the office for a lunch time walk. Afternoon highs will reach the mid-to-upper 60s. Unlike the weekend, winds will be relatively light -- out of the west at about 10 mph. Confidence: High
Tonight: Like the last couple of nights, mainly clear skies and light winds will allow temps to take a pretty steep drop. Lows will range from the mid-to-upper 30s in the colder suburbs to the low 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through the week...
Tomorrow (Tuesday): After another chilly start, late April sunshine will deliver one more beautiful afternoon. Temperatures will head all the way up into the upper 60s. Winds will be light Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: Clouds gradually increase as weak low pressure to the south drifts closer. This will keep overnight temperatures a little milder than the last few nights, with lows 42-46 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High
Wednesday's forecast is a little tricky due to the proximity of the weak area of low pressure to the south. Considerable cloud cover is possible, but rain showers should mainly be confined to central and southern Va. Still, I'll call for 30% chance of light rain, primarily in the afternoon. The clouds will probably keep temperatures from hitting 70, instead maxing out in the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium
I think we cross the 70-degree threshold Thursday and Friday as at least partial sunshine returns both days. A push of milder air from the west will be just strong enough to produce highs in the low 70s. Overnight lows will mainly be in the 40s. Confidence: Medium-High
A complex storm system in the center of the country that will extend to the East Coast presents a challenging weekend forecast. Rain showers appear possible both Saturday and Sunday, but it's too soon to say if these will be scattered and mostly confined to the afternoon and evening -- or more widespread and persistent. Highs both days should be around 70 with lows in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium
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