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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 10/ 8/2010

Forecast: What more could you ask for?!

By Camden Walker

Yesterday's winds relax for a perfect autumn weekend

* Drought watch lifted | Recent rains helped | Stunning aurora *
* U.S. lags in global weather prediction | Sunrise video & photos *
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Today's Daily Digit
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day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.


Call in sick! Amazing mid-70s to near 80 with sun and light winds. Autumn at its finest!
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Today: Sunny, spectacular. Mid-70s to near 80. | Tonight: Clear skies. Upper 40s to mid-50s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Near 80. | Sunday: Sunny. Mid-to-upper 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

updated: 11:00am


A. Camden WalkerAre you as excited as I am for the streak of great weather that's upon us? It couldn't have come at a more perfect time for those who have a three-day weekend. Don't have Columbus Day off? Today's brilliant sun may tempt you to skip out of work today instead. Enjoy!

Today (Friday): Yesterday's winds slacken for a fantastic autumn day. After morning temperatures rise steadily through the 50s and 60s, afternoon highs should top out in the mid-70s to near 80 with a light breeze from the northwest and west. With dew points in the 40s to near 50, humidity is once again in that "sweet spot" where you'll neither sweat nor need the lip balm. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear skies with only a very light breeze out of the west. Evening temperatures drop back into the 60s and overnight lows have that fabulous fall feel -- upper 40s in the suburbs to mid-50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Mother Nature delivers another superb day. Glorious highs near 80 should feel great. Agreed? Breezes are light and refreshing, too. Less than 10 mph. Top it off with partly to mostly sunny skies and we have a great day for the Taste of Georgetown, the Capitol Riverfront Fest at the new Yards Park, and a host of other events around town. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Skies are partly to mostly clear as evening readings fall through the 60s. Overnight, temperatures drop again toward lows in the upper 40s to the mid-50s. Are you like me and looking forward to keeping your windows open? Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: The amazing weather continues. Plenty of sun with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Get out and BBQ! Play kickball! Anything! Confidence: Medium-High


Sunday night, a bit of a warmer and moister flow may lead to a slightly warmer evening than the previous couple. Lows aim for the 50s to near 60. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunshine should stick around on Columbus Day. Temperatures remain enjoyable in the upper 70s to, perhaps, low 80s. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday may see some clouds come into the picture with highs again shooting for the upper 70s to low 80s. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | October 8, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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Perfect timing for The Senior Players Championship being held at the re-designed Avenel.

Anyone been out there?

Posted by: jaybird926 | October 8, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

August lasted through September (hard to believe that it was in the upper 90's 2 weeks ago), now September is here in October. I wonder if there's any chance of getting just one more 90 degree day?

Posted by: wiredog | October 8, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Just a comment about the Senior golf championship, if you are going. The tournament ends at 3:30 to give the players time to get to their 4:00 dinner reservations. Just passing it along.

Posted by: authorofpoetry | October 8, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I drove through Avenel yesterday not knowing that the tournament was in progress. It looked like some of the galleries had about ten people.

Posted by: MKadyman | October 8, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

jaybird926 - No I haven't been out there yet!

wiredog - very low chance. I am being generous by saying 5-10% chance. And I will say 1% chance once November hits. 0% in December. How does that strike you - as reasonable?

authorofpoetry - thanks for the tip!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 8, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't we crank up the wind just a wee bit? 12kt, maybe?

Posted by: --sg | October 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

--sg do you need to go sailing?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 8, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

For folks living in the western exurbs or from the Blue Ridge westward, what are the early indications re: fall color?

In the city, maples leaves that normally blush scarlet red in early-mid Oct. are looking rusty.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 8, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Two weeks ago it was in the upper 90s and in three weeks we'll start hearing Christmas music. Enjoy fall while it lasts!

Posted by: -pj- | October 8, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

@Camden, you got it - I need to make the most of the last of the great sailing weather!

Posted by: --sg | October 8, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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