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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 10/ 9/2010

Forecast: Superbly sunny Saturday & Sunday

By Jason Samenow

Showers possible late on Columbus Day

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Updated at 8:30 a.m., originally posted at 5 a.m.

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. 77-82. | Tonight: A few clouds. 44-52. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and pleasant. 74-78| A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

At least after suffering through the hottest summer on record, October is rewarding us with a stretch of beautiful weather. Following a not-too-shabby Thursday and Friday, each day of our holiday weekend stands to be outstanding though clouds and showers could move in by Columbus Day evening.

Today (Saturday): It's cool if you're up and out early - with 40s in some of the suburbs. But the warm sun pushes temps all the way back up to near 80 by mid-afternoon. Winds are from the northwest at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: A weak cold front drops down from the north, but as it's very moisture limited, don't expect more than a few clouds. Lows drop from the mid-40s in the cooler suburbs to the low 50s downtown. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Sunday): Behind Saturday night's gentle cold front, temps drop just a hair. Winds come around from out of the north which limits highs to the mid-70s despite sunny skies. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Clear and cool with lows ranging from the mid-40s in the cooler suburbs to the low-to-mid 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

High pressure and a light west wind mean warmth for a good part of Columbus Day (Monday). However, a cold front sliding into the region late in the day will probably increase clouds and could (30% chance) produce a few showers, mainly at night. The front slinks slowly south Tuesday continuing shower chances (40%). Highs are in the low 80s Monday and 70s Tuesday, with overnight lows in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Jason Samenow  | October 9, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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Comments

NWS forecast calling for a 50 percent chance of rain Monday-Monday night? Others calling for a sunny day. Why the disparity?

Posted by: david_in_stafford | October 9, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

@david_in_stafford

Latest models bringing back door cool front in sooner... but I think NWS is too aggressive with 50% chance of showers Monday afternoon. I'd say 30% chance and probably after 4 or 5 p.m. Have updated forecast. Will keep an eye on this.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 9, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jason. I noticed also the NWS is not forecasting sunny days now from Monday through Thursday as they originally were forecasting just yesterday. In addition, they're calling for a 30% chance of rain Wed. night through Thursday too.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | October 9, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Any chance that the winds tomorrow might have a bit more punch to them, behind tonight's cold front?

Posted by: --sg | October 9, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Funniest thing happened about an hour ago (1130) at the Riverfront Fest.

Started raining lightly for about five minutes!

Fine now.

How does that happen in meteorological terms?

Posted by: jaybird926 | October 9, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

This morning I saw a few castellanus and related altocumulus/cumulus formations. The time was around 11:30 am. This might have been related to the brief rain shower observed by jaybird926...perhaps a backdoor cold front or prefrontal trough passage...it's perfectly clear now.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 9, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I subtracted 2 from your 10 on the daily digit due to stinkbugs...

Currently 61.5 at my location...

Posted by: spgass1 | October 9, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

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