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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/ 6/2010

Forecast: Spring sunburst offers summer sizzle

By Matt Rogers

More 80s for highs today through Thursday.

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Today: Mostly sunny skies and very warm. 84-88. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 58-65. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny again. 85-89. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


A large ridge of high pressure will be anchored over the area for most of the next three days. The result will be impressive early season heat for the entire East Coast. Now, these 80s will not equate with the typically more humid summer versions, but we could notice a slight increase in humidity in the coming days. Tomorrow has the best chance to see some areas touch 90 degrees for the first time this year.

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Today (Tuesday): Warm flow from the southwest will continue to pump in warmer air under very sunny skies. Temperatures will warm a few degrees compared to yesterday. Look for mid-to-upper 80s for afternoon highs. This long stretch of dry weather is creating optimal cherry blossom viewing. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear with temperatures only cooling down to the 60s (possibly some upper 50s in the outer suburbs). Light winds from the southwest are expected. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): More sunshine and more summer-type heat is expected. Temperatures should again max out in the mid-to-upper 80s, but everyone should be at least a degree warmer than Tuesday. Do not be surprised to see a 90-degree reading in some areas and especially on those notoriously hot bank thermometers. Winds will continue to be slightly breezy from the southwest. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy with lows in the 60s again. Light winds from the southwest. Confidence: Medium-High


Thursday is supposed to be transition day as a cold front moves through our metro area. But the timing of this cold front has been gradually slowing down, so we could see sufficient afternoon sunshine (mixed with clouds) to get us up in the 80s one more time. There is a chance (~40%) of late day thunderstorms. More thunderstorms are likely Thursday night (70%) with temperatures dropping down into the 50s for lows. Confidence: Medium

Friday should be partly to mostly cloudy and cooler with high temperatures mainly in the 60s. There is still a chance (20%) of a lingering shower, especially in the morning. Confidence: Low-Medium

The upcoming weekend starts on the cooler side, but we should get the sunshine back at least with highs in the 60s on Saturday. Lows Saturday morning and then again Saturday night should be in the cool 40s. On Sunday, a return to winds from the west could bring temperatures back up to near 70 degrees. And yes, there will likely be sunshine. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Matt Rogers  | April 6, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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Heat and allergies. Not digging it.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | April 6, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

We have some early clouds out there, but satellite still shows our sunny day on the way.

Posted by: MattRogers | April 6, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Snowlover2 - I feel ya. sigh. & don't forget about UV rays ;-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 6, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yes, the UV! I didn't forget- SPF came out this weekend.

What is this heat going to do to the spring flowers? Does a few days make an impact? Thought I saw some sad daffodils on my way to work...

Posted by: Snowlover2 | April 6, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

This long stretch of dry weather is creating optimal cherry blossom viewing.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | April 6, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

This long stretch of dry weather is creating optimal cherry blossom viewing. ** I had planned to go take some pix of the Cherry Blossoms this afternoon/tonight, with my daughter. Three friends on Sunday said that they are so far past peak now that it's not worth the trip. Has anyone been down there in the last 24 hrs that can help me out and tell me if I should bother going down there today? Thanks!!!

Posted by: vtavgjoe | April 6, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

There was definitely a lot of green on the cherry trees yesterday. I think there is still plenty of blossoms to make it worth the trip, but it is definitely past peak. I actually like it when the blossoms are blowing around off the trees.

Posted by: Tom8 | April 6, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Concerning the wildflowers, they seem to be doing alright. Went to see the bluebells on Sunday at Manassas Battlefield...

Posted by: spgass1 | April 6, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, cherry blossoms at the tidal basin are essentially gone. There's some pink, but not anything close to what you'd want to see. (I drove past them this morning, and yesterday).

Posted by: ah___ | April 6, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

@vtavgjoe, ah____:

Piling on, I don't think the cherry blossoms are worth a visit. They're mostly gone, yet the crowds and traffic are still bad (Spring Break, Cherry Blossom Festival). Worst of both worlds....

Posted by: mmurphy70 | April 6, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Do me a favour... send the fine weather to the UK. We really could use it

Posted by: ejriegel | April 6, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

...will Thursday bring the Nats' first rain delay or rain-out of the season? They play the finale of their opening series against the Phillies that day, with first pitch set for 16.35.

The Nats certainly had their problems with rain/thundershowers last season - but of course given yesterday's result, that's far from their only problem....

Posted by: Lukashenko | April 6, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I never made it down to the Tidal Basin (first time missing it since I moved here) but I doubt it's that optimal. The cherry trees across the street are definitely green. There are people everywhere downtown today perhaps they left the trees to find other things to see.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 6, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Downtown is 87F! UV index reading of 9! ouch.. sizzle indeed...

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 6, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Saw my first 90F reading = College Park!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | April 6, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Sun and heat. Diggin' it.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | April 6, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring--you should change your ID to "It is Spring." :)

Posted by: steske | April 6, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Can we do a sun dance?

Posted by: mhardy1 | April 6, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

How early Thursday do you think the rain will start?

Posted by: bmp246 | April 6, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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