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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 04/ 3/2010

Forecast: Weekend weather to wow us

By Jason Samenow

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Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
8Clouds into midday and tree pollen spoil what would've been a near-perfect day.
Get tomorrow's 'Digit' on Twitter tonight


Today: A.M. clouds then partly to mostly sunny, very pleasant. Mid-to-upper 70s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 49-56. | Tomorrow: Becoming mostly sunny, beautiful. Mid-70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


It's a fairly simple, straight forward, and sublime forecast: mostly sunny 70s this afternoon, tomorrow, and right on into Monday. This is the kind of weather that's more common in San Diego, Ca., giving it the reputation as having the near-ideal climate. How long will this southern California-style weather last here? I can say at least through mid-week, but don't count on it forever. This month is known for its mood swings around here. As I wrote two years ago, April weather can be both amazing and appalling.

Today (Saturday): The morning marine layer provides considerable cloudiness. But by afternoon, most places will become partly to mostly sunny, with high temperatures climbing into the mid-to-upper 70s. We'll have a bit a breeze from the south at around 10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds increase as a weak cold front approaches the region. Someone -- especially west of town -- could see a light shower in the pre-dawn hours. Lows will range from the upper 40s in the cooler suburbs to the mid-50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through early next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): Like Saturday, we may see a few morning clouds, but skies should become mostly sunny in the afternoon. Winds from the north (at 10-15 mph) will bring in slightly cooler air relative to Saturday with highs in the mid-70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Clear and pleasantly cool for opening up the windows. Lows will drop from the mid-40s in the cooler suburbs to the low 50s downtown. Confidence: High


Both Monday and Tuesday promise to be spectacular days. Monday will be mostly sunny with highs 75-80. After a warm front pushes through Monday night (with some increase in clouds), winds from the south on Tuesday will give the region of good chance at cracking 80. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | April 3, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
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This is fun, sort of like Dancing with the Stars.

My vote -- Ten!

Posted by: jaybird926 | April 3, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Totally overcast and cool in my neck of the woods this morning. Where's the sun?

Posted by: david_in_stafford | April 3, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Oh man, where is the sun? 53 degrees and high clouds in Western Loudoun. I'll keep my fingers crossed...

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | April 3, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

David, are we sharing brain waves again this morning as last Saturday?

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | April 3, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I am home!!!!

Posted by: SanDieganLostinDC | April 3, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't like the look of this thick overcast and east wind - feels like an unforecast backdoor front dropped through overnight.

Posted by: HenryFPotter | April 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

wow, cancel that ten. yesterday was great from sun up to sun rise. the sun is in hiding. man, i don't envy weather forecasters, although we could still see a rebound.

Posted by: jaybird926 | April 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Still a bit chilly and cloudy in Arlington at 1030 this morning. I want to be spoiled by some warm sunny weather!

I don't know how much snow is left around but one of the last snowpiles in Arlington has just about disappeared. As of yesterday evening at 7pm there was about a foot of snow, partially covered w brown mulch, at the Arlington County mulch facility on N. 26th St. across from Marymount University.

County snow removal trucks dumped snow there in February but with folks showing up to pick up mulch for their spring gardening, the county has plowed the dwindling snow remnants back away from the street.

As recently as about Wednesday there was a ridge of snow about 4 feet high and 25 yards long there.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 3, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Forecast tweaked and digit dropped down to 8. Marine layer thicker and lasting a little longer than anticipated (see the satellite loop. We should still break out this afternoon. Hang in there...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | April 3, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I gotta concur that today's "10" score should be cancelled. If it's still overcast and in the 50s into late morning, that's not a perfect day, no matter how nice it gets this afternoon. Although, come to think of it, this sort of morning gloom isn't uncommon in San Diego, either.

Posted by: ryanem1 | April 3, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Not to worry, the afternoons are almost always nicer in San Francisco than the mornings. ;)

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 3, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Seems like a 10 to me. No complaints.

Posted by: spgass1 | April 3, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

eh...the weather's fine far as it goes.

last dec 19, feb 6 and feb 10 (?) should have been rated with 10s though...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | April 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Better now here in Alexandria, happy campers, don't mind less than clear, as it cuts down on glare.

Posted by: jaybird926 | April 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Worldtraveler83, that is very true!!

The sun did finally come out during the late morning, similar to SF as Ian said.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | April 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Some clouds overhead now... also there appeared to have been a slight haze today... I'll agree with the daily digit downgrade to 8.

Posted by: spgass1 | April 3, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It felt a lot warmer than it was.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 3, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Jason, while Southern California admittedly has a lack of snowstorms, hurricanes, and a low thunderstorm/tornado rate, I have to otherwise disagree that it is the ideal climate. In an average year, there's no rain at all from April to October, and everything dries up like dust, often with water-restrictions. The notorious, never-ending smog comes from low-level inversions and the cold ocean current just offshore. Then, in the late fall, come the gale-to-hurricane-force, 100+ degree Santa Anna winds, which blast-furnace the region and drive large wildfires around which destroy large areas. Then to cap things off, strong winter-spring Pacific storms cause torential rains and mudslides along the coast and inland hills.
Hollywood and the press have glamorized the CA, Mediterannean-type climate to no end, but, in my book, it is anything but ideal.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | April 3, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Incredible day. Happy Early Easter to all.

Posted by: weathergrrl | April 3, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

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