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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 10/ 7/2010

Forecast: Sunshine and mild temps finally return

By David Streit

Dry, sunny and warm through Columbus Day

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Today's Daily Digit
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day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.


The breeze may be a bit brisk but with brilliant sunshine for a change, I gotta give it the 10.
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Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. 71-75. | Tonight: Clear and dry. 44-51. | Tomorrow: Brilliant sunshine. 73-77. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


By David Streit, CWG Meteorologist

This forecast sounds more like San Diego! After all the wild rides this year has provided, tranquility prevails right through the weekend and remains in place for Columbus Day too. Hard to believe that upcoming highs in the mid-to-upper 70s will be above normal but indeed our normals will be slipping into the 60s by later next week.

Today (Thursday): A few stray clouds could greet the morning sun, but those quickly pull off to the northeast. Breezes from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph should make it feel a little cool, at least until those early morning 50s make it to the low-to-mid 70s by early afternoon.Confidence: High

Tonight: Outdoor strolls quickly call for a jacket as readings in the 60s prevail. At least the wind drops off quickly after sunset. Stars are the only thing in the skies after that. Lows reach the mid-40s in the burbs but hold in the lower 50s downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....

Tomorrow (Friday): Skies are clear from sun-up to sundown. Temperatures warm nicely with 60s dominating the morning and 70s the afternoon. The breeze is barely noticeable. Highs are mainly in the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Evening readings slip into the 60s by dark but with no breeze, no pain. Clear skies are the rule. Overnight lows range from upper 40s to mid-50s. Confidence: High


Saturday is a bonus as far as fall days go. If sunny, dry and calm winds were not enough, check out the temperatures. Highs in the mid-70s to around 80 make an outdoor adventure a must. The evening is better than ever with 70s predominant. Lows still manage to reach the upper 40s to mid-50s, thanks to those longer nights we now have. Confidence: High

Sunday is just one more day in the gift that is this weekend. A few afternoon clouds seem like a novelty by this point and will not challenge the sun's dominance. Highs again make the mid-70s to near 80. Evening strollers upper 60s to lower 70s under clear skies. Confidence: High

Columbus Day starts out in the 50s but with mostly sunny skies the mid-to-upper 70s are a near certainty by afternoon and a few lower 80s can not be ruled out. Confidence: Medium-High

By David Streit  | October 7, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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I've been waiting for a nice mid-atlantic fall weekend such as this one coming up and guess what? I will be in Chicago this weekend. Do you mind giving me a brief little forecast for the windy city?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | October 7, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse


Believe it or not, forecast for Chicago much like here-- abundant sunshine and temps in the 70s to near 80. Bring a jacket for chilly nights and note it will be a little cooler by the lake.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 7, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Jason - thanks for that! I'm surprised at the balmy temperatures over there. Hopefully the forecast for two flights with two children is also sunny!!!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | October 7, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Now this is what I'm talking about!

Enjoy your beautiful day everybody!

Posted by: Snowlover2 | October 7, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Why does my Accuweather ap show us getting 3.5" of rain next Thursday/Friday?

Posted by: weatherdude | October 7, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

nevermind, looks like they removed it...

Posted by: weatherdude | October 7, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Drought monitor updated.

Looks like the drought is over or nearly over in many parts of our area, VA and NC.

Posted by: jaybird926 | October 7, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

weatherdude - how odd of accuweather; however, as a rule, you know not to trust much after Day 6 of a forecast, right? :)

jaybird926 - thanks for this update! Looks like MD & WV panhandles need just a bit more rain... and Frederick Co, VA--but overall, good news!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 7, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Arrgh! A heat wave (of sorts) this weekend, just when we were catching up on our Heating Degree Days deficit. Put away the turtlenecks, bring back the shorts and tees.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 7, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Very nice weather for a change...hopefully.

Another winter outlook is out,, this one from John Ruggiano (Ruggieweather), primarily for the Philadelphia/New Jersey area. It's rather similar to the one I mentioned earlier this week. December will be cold with clipper-type systems. January will be mild and rather calm. February may get interesting with one major Miller-A snowstorm possible [6-10 inches here]. Otherwise the major systems are likely to be clipper systems and a few Miller-B systems developing off the Delmarva to Outer Banks region. Our area may get normal snowfall [15 inches at DCA] for the season. Most storm systems for this area figure to be the snow to [dreaded] wintry mix to [even more dreaded] plain old cold dreary piercing just-above-freezing rain variety. The storm track pattern is interesting for us as Ruggiano's two projected major storm tracks cross just west of us near Elkins, WV on a northeastward track. This scenario figures to give us lots of wintry mix, but perhaps up to five or six thunderstorm events this winter, one or two of which could give us thundersnow or "thundersleet". In general we should average near normal for temperature this winter but with some wild temperature swings in both directions. This area may see a slightly milder [+0.8 degree] winter with ample precipitation and average snowfall.

BTW when is CWG's winter outlook for this area??? Seems to me it gets issued right after Columbus Day most years

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

It's a little too breezy for a 10.

Posted by: maymay1 | October 7, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Bombo47jea - we are trying to release our winter outlook during our usual early-November timeframe. Fellow CWG teammates can also keep us (and will keep us) posted on this!

maymay1 - I hope you voted for "your call" on the daily digit survey! The link appears directly underneath the digit display.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 7, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I was beginning to dig these 60s. Now I've got to be patient AGAIN for cold weather :( Phooey!

Posted by: sigmagrrl | October 7, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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