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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/14/2010

Forecast: Staying in the springtime groove

By Dan Stillman

Pleasant warming trend into Fri. before next rain chance

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Today's Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
 
7Sun & 60s is extra sweet after yesterday's clouds & cool showers.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Becoming mostly sunny. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Low-to-mid 40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid-70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

If there's one thing we Washingtonians feel entitled to (OK, there's probably more than one thing), it's a sufficient spring. Not a couple nice spring days sandwiched between winter cold and summer heat, but rather a several-week stretch of moderate warmth. To a large degree, with exceptions such as last week's mini heat wave and yesterday's cool and damp one, spring 2010 has delivered. That trend continues over the next several days, though not without a chance of showers toward the weekend.

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Today (Wednesday): As high pressure takes over, any lingering early-morning cloud cover should quickly give to a mostly sunny day with light winds. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s are a marked improvement from yesterday's mid-to-upper 50s, and a sign of even milder air to come. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A coolish but comfortable evening around town as temperatures drop into and through the 50s. Mostly clear skies and light winds continue on through the night as overnight lows fall to the low 40s in the suburbs to around the mid-40s downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend....

Tomorrow (Thursday): If today was too cool for you, tomorrow should be just about perfect. Mostly sunny skies and light winds from the southwest combine for a gorgeous day with highs in the mid-70s. Could Thursday's weather be a perfect 10? Stay tuned for tomorrow's Daily Digit. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Should be a great evening to spend outdoors as temperatures drop into the 60s. Overnight lows will be fairly mild for mid-April -- mid-50s in the suburbs, upper 50s to near 60 downtown -- under partly to mostly clear skies. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

The way it looks now, Friday starts with some sun and highs headed for the mid-to-upper 70s. Skies probably cloud up in the afternoon as a cold front approaches from the north, bringing a 50% chance of scattered afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms. Rain chances decrease late Friday night or toward morning as the front sinks to our south and lows settle in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Can't rule out a couple showers early Saturday, but overall the weekend forecast has improved from earlier in the week. At least partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the 60s, though winds from the northwest may be quite breezy. Lows Saturday night should range from the upper 30s in the cooler suburbs to the 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | April 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

On our way to another fine spring day. How have you be been taking advantage of this spring? Extra-long lunch breaks? A few more "sick" days than usual? -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | April 14, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Hoping the rain misses us all together for the weekend. Where are like areas that are more likely to see the rain (i.e. east/west of DC?)

Posted by: snowlover | April 14, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Hi snowlover - it really looks like a rain band wants to penetrate the entire area in a few days. I would say greater chances north of DC, but really everyone has a chance. Latest model data will be out this afternoon, so we'll see if there are any changes. Oh & keep in mind that this rain band is NOT a storm system coming up the coast, so there's no concentrated area or geographic focal point for this rain, as would be for a nor'easter.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 14, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Camden, looking forward to the update!

Posted by: snowlover | April 14, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Friday night's my big dance night...so don't need anything nasty or severe...hopefully it will miss us.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 14, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

UV is at a 10 right now! VERY VERY HIGH. Watch out around solar noon between 12pm-2pm daily! yikes.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 14, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Any idea on how the delaware beaches look for the weekend? - cooler obviously but how is that rain model looking especially for Saturday?

Posted by: manutd | April 14, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

@manutd

Due to a not-so-straightforward set up in the atmosphere, the weekend forecast is a fairly low-confidence one at this point, including at the beach. Best guess as of now for Delaware beaches is a 40% chance of spotty or scattered showers on Saturday. Sunday looks dry. Highs should be within a few degrees of 60 both days with variable clouds (read: don't count on a ton of sun, but cloud forecast is highly uncertain).

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | April 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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