Forecast: Beautiful, warm sunshine into Monday
A delightful Easter weekend to be out and about
FORECAST IN DETAIL
By David Streit, CWG Meteorologist
What a great spring weekend this will be! Start it early if you can. The only people that might lodge a complaint are the kite flyers for the lack of wind and allergy-sufferers. Otherwise, it is prime blossom-viewing and outside time. Please don't forget the sunscreen. We're looking to cross the 80 degree mark for the first time since October 9 and only fall a few degrees short of record highs (87-89) this weekend. If we manage to find clouds in the sky it probably won't be until Easter Sunday.
Today (Thursday): Sunny skies and calm winds will lead to rapidly rising temperatures. Bring along a jacket in the morning but you'll only require short sleeves in the afternoon. Highs will be upper 70s to near 80. Confidence: High
Tonight: Clear and milder conditions will be on tap this evening. No breezes will keep the outdoor tables beckoning at the cafes. Lows will only fall to the mid-40s in the cooler suburbs to lower 50s downtown. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....
Tomorrow (Friday): Nearly everywhere in the area should break the 80 degree mark today with highs mainly in the lower 80s. Sunny skies and barely a hint of a breeze will have everyone looking for a park to enjoy the warmth. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: A perfect evening for a stroll as temperatures fall through the 70s into the 60s by late evening. A lack of breeze will allow lows to bottom out in the low-to-mid 50s by daybreak (maybe some 40s in the cooler suburbs). Confidence: High
Saturday will have unlimited sunshine and unseasonable warmth. Readings will again be about 20 degrees above normal with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. There will finally at least be a light breeze to cool the more athletically inclined, coming from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: High
Sunday will be perfect for those sunrise services with morning lows 50-55. A storm system in the Great Lakes will push a weak a cool front into the area but highs will still be in the mid-to-upper 70s. There will be a few clouds though sunshine will still be the dominant feature. Light west winds will be 5 to 10 mph at most. Confidence: Medium-High
Monday morning will be a little cooler with morning readings in the upper 40s to lower 50s but with another perfectly sunny day, highs will ramp back up to the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds will be mostly calm. This will make for a wonderful Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn. Confidence: High
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