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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 05/19/2010

Forecast: Warmer today, sunnier tomorrow

By Dan Stillman

Temps to march steadily upward; weekend showers?

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Today: Mostly cloudy and warmer. Maybe a passing p.m. shower. 66-69. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 50s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Upper 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Until 3 a.m. this morning, midnight Sunday night had been the last time skies at Regan National were reported as anything less cloudy than overcast, and an hour later (1 a.m. Monday) is the last time National's temperature was as high as 65. We'll see a nice jump in temperatures today, but the sun still struggles to break through. The sun then comes back in a big way Thursday and Friday as highs soar back to where they should be this time of year, if not a little warmer. Saturday and Sunday don't look as nice, though there's a lot of wiggle room in the forecast.

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Today (Wednesday): Let's start with the positive: Afternoon highs should reach the upper 60s -- around 10 degrees higher than temperatures were yesterday afternoon. But while skies may be overall brighter than yesterday, clouds probably prevail much of the day until some possible afternoon breaks of sun. A passing afternoon or evening shower is possible (20-25% chance) as winds blow lightly from the west-northwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A milder evening than the past couple -- with temperatures dropping toward 60 -- is a sign of warmer times to come. We'll keep mention of a possible passing shower through the evening (20-25% chance), then just partly cloudy overnight with lows in the 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): We've had what seems like more than our typical share of really nice days this spring. But this one will be extra sweet considering the dreary stretch preceding it. Partly to mostly sunny skies give a nice boost to temperatures as they head for highs in the upper 70s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Get ready for a fabulous evening to spend outdoors. With mostly clear skies above, evening temperatures fall through the 70s and into the 60s, bottoming ovenight in the 50s (suburbs) to near 60 (downtown). Confidence: High


Temperatures continue their upward climb Friday with highs all the way to the low-to-mid 80s under mostly sunnys skies. I guess that may be bordering on too warm for some. But good news is that humidity stays mostly in check. Confidence: Medium-High

Models continue to show, as they have for the past couple days, the potential for increasing weekend clouds and shower chances, though forecast confidence remains low. As of now I'd put Saturday shower chances at 30-40% and Sunday at 40-50%, with highs both days in the 70s and morning lows in the mid-50s to near 60. Confidence: Low

Updated: Wed. May 19 @ 1:05 p.m.

By Dan Stillman  | May 19, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
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Can't wait to see the sun!!!!! I've missed you old friend.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | May 19, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Yeah for tomorrow night's forcast: "A fabulous evening to spend outdoors." A great night for ZooFari.

Posted by: erbele | May 19, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Largely recuperated from the oral surgery by now...but I'd probably be less miserable if we had high pressure in place.

Yesterday morning's rain added to our storm total...up to a half-inch in Columbia Heights West for an estimated storm total of 0.60 to 0.85 inch. This roughly three-quarters inch fell rather short of the one- to three-inch washout being predicted last weekend for the area. Aside from a chance of showers possible through this evening, we've probably seen nearly all the rain we'll get from the current system. None of the thunderstorms originally predicted for this area yesterday afternoon seems all the thunder was in North Carolina. The system expected this weekend may be noisier as temperatures are expected to warm up and skies are sunnier, while humidity rises. I'm not sure of the weekend's precipitation potential, but it could be as high as 1.5+ inches locally if everything comes together right.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

glad to hear from you. i've had a couple "oral surgeries" myself, so i have an idea of what you're going through.

btw...are you "el bombo" from the old site?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 19, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

We got some sun here in Manassas. Temps are going up fast.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 19, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Love raw, cloudy days such as yesterday! They remind me of growing up near the Massachusetts coast.

Thanks, Bombo, for recognizing that our "MNR" fell far short of forecasts. We remain 3.7 inches below normal at National Airport.

Let's hope for significantly more this weekend!

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | May 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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