Forecast: On and off sun with mild temps today
Mostly sunny, dry, & mild weekend ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Classic fall weather dominates the forecast through the weekend. Crisp chilly nights and mild sunny days provide the incentive to go out and take in some of the rapidly coloring leaves. Rain chances are nil through Sunday as high pressure settles in. A spot or two of frost in the far western suburbs can't be ruled out Friday night.
Today (Thursday): Sunshine greets the day in style, although these days that appearance isn't until about 7:30 am. Temperatures scoot fairly quickly up through the 50s and 60s during the morning hours. However, with quite cold air overhead the surface heating leads to a quick upwelling of clouds around noon. That puts the brakes on our temperature climb with mainly upper 60s for the cap. Ten to 15 mph breezes come from the south but shift to out of the west by afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: The clouds are gone before sunset and winds quickly die down. Evening readings aren't so bad with upper 50s to lower 60s. Lows fall to the low-to-mid 40s overnight. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....
Tomorrow (Friday): The chill in the air takes a little longer to abate despite plenty of sun all day long. Highs struggle to the lower 60s. Winds from the west at 10 to 15 mph make a jacket a welcome addition to the ensemble. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: Skies are crystal clear which allows the full moon (Hunters Moon) to shine brightly. Calm winds allow a quick retreat for temperatures. The western fringes of the suburbs closer to the Blue Ridge than D.C. could have some pockets of frost. Most areas bottom out in the mid-30s with low-to-mid 40s downtown. Confidence: High
Saturday borders on perfection. Brilliant fall sunshine and a return of light breezes from the south allow for a rapid warm up. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s should encourage bikers, hikers and dog walkers to scrap the jackets. Evening readings hold on fiercely to the 60s with 50s reserved for the late night crowd. Lows are only mid-to-upper 40s in the burbs and lower 50s downtown. Confidence: High
Sunday is even better on the temperature front with highs likely to be all 70s! The only thing marring this day should be some thin high clouds coming off a blessedly slow moving storm in the Midwest. Highs for the day run about 10 degrees above normal (mid 60s). Evening readings only slowly slip into the 60s as clouds increase. Confidence: Medium-High
Monday starts out in the 50s but with mostly cloudy skies temperatures climb at a more leisurely pace. Still, highs should make the upper 60s to lower 70s without too much work. Showers begin to creep over the Appalachians by early afternoon but should spare the area until evening (30% chance). Confidence: Medium
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