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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 10/16/2010

Forecast: Winds wind down, sunshine supreme

By Jason Samenow

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Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.


Still windy, but bracing, fresh fall air amidst beautiful sunshine.
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Today: Mostly sunny and breezy. 63-67. | Tonight: Winds diminish, clear and cool. 40-48. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and pleasant. 68-72 | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


We're on a bit of a hot streak with our third consecutive mostly nice weekend. The wind may be a bit strong today for everyone's taste but tomorrow it turns tranquil. Calm weather continues through Monday before the next cold front approaches and brings along some rain chances by Tuesday.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Saturday): It's a chilly start to the day with pretty much everyone in the 40s. With high pressure building in from the west, there's sunshine galore taking temperatures up into the mid-60s by the mid-afternoon hours. However, if you're walking facing the breeze, it feels chillier than that due to sustained winds from the northwest at about 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph or so. Confidence: High

Tonight: The winds drop and temps take a tumble under clear skies. Lows range from near 40 in the cooler suburbs to the upper 40s downtown. Confidence: High

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

Beautiful weather on the Mall last weekend. Similar conditions repeat this weekend. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Tomorrow (Sunday): This is a delightful mid-October day. After a crisp start in the 40s, temps ascend to around 70 under blue, sunny skies. Winds are generally light, from the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Grab the fleece if headed out. It's another clear, chilly night with lows from 40-48 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High


Mostly sunny skies on Monday push temps back up to near 70. However, some high clouds may enter the region during the afternoon and lower and thicken overnight when lows range from 46-52 (suburbs-city). By Tuesday, skies are cloudy and there's a small chance of light rain (30%) with highs 60-65. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Jason Samenow  | October 16, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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A bit windy out there, but a classic beautiful Fall day nonetheless.

Posted by: rwalker66 | October 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm the one always asking for wind, but this is too much for my little boat.

Chesapeake Bay Office of Forecasting Services (CBOFS) has updated their Surface Wind Forecast Guidance page:

Posted by: --sg | October 16, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Definitely a beautiful day despite the winds.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | October 16, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I like seeing you all view today's glass as "half-full" for the most part... wind be darned! :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 16, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@david: I totally agree
@Camden: I don't get why everyone here is so anti-wind. We're stuck with hot, sultry air for a third of the year; I'd much prefer the air movement. It's refreshing and makes for the perfect fall day. Definitely a 9 or 10 in my book.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | October 16, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

AMAZING hiking day. I seem to recall in years past patterns of gorgeous weekdays and crappy weekends. We seem to be in an inverted pattern:)

Posted by: SPS1 | October 16, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

amazing, perfect fall day. i enjoyed the cool wind on my skin. let's have another. solid 9.

Posted by: kudzu13 | October 17, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

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