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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 11/13/2010

Forecast: About as nice as November gets

By Ian Livingston

Enjoy the next few days, changes are afoot

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Today: Sunny. Near perfect? 64-68. | Tonight: Clear and chilly. 34-42. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid-60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


I love snow and winter holds a special place because of it, but I could easily live with days like this all year (our traffic might take a beating though). Chilled mornings, mixed with near-peak color, are a good reminder of the season, and we probably need some reminders during the relatively warm midday sun. Soak it up today and tomorrow, because even though it's our 6th dry weekend in a row, darker and stormier skies can't be that far off.

Today (Saturday): If you're out early for coffee and a paper you'll run into crisp air. As the sun climbs higher, a glorious day unfolds. Look for readings at least into the mid-60s. Highs have run a bit warm all week, so a few upper 60s seem like a decent bet. Wind? Not a lot. Confidence: High

Tonight: The atmosphere is still pretty dry and skies stay clear, so daytime warmth fades fast. Temperatures drop back through the 50s after sunset on their way to low in the 30s for the suburbs to the lower 40s downtown. Confidence: High

You know it can't stay this pleasant forever. What's up with the next few days? Also, check in with your thoughts on this pleasant day!

Tomorrow (Sunday): Temperatures once again shoot off morning lows and up into the 60s under mostly sunny skies. This looks like another day where warm does well, though wind direction may cap us. Mid-60s seems like a good bet again, perhaps some more upper 60s. Clouds should mainly hold off 'til near or after dark. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: A weak cold front arrives from the west, bringing partly-to-mostly cloudy skies. Clouds and a slight increase in surface humidity keep minimums up. Near 40 in the cold spots to the mid-40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Monday is a transitional day as the cold front gets hung up around here. Clouds are more numerous than this weekend and temperatures cooler as well, but it's still mild for this time of year with highs near or above 60. By the start of Tuesday, our monotonous weather looks to come to a halt. Right now, it seems a winter-like storm will gather in or near the Gulf of Mexico and move up the East Coast. A risk of showers late-night and into the morning becomes a threat for general rain as the day progresses. Highs in the 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Ian Livingston  | November 13, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  Forecasts  | Tags:  60s, maryland weather, sunshine, virginia weather, warm, washington dc weather, weather forecast  
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24 degrees at 7:00 a.m. in Jefferson County. The field grass crunches under my boots. Clear skies, sun warming up already. A great day for hiking.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | November 13, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Ah, words like "icy mix" and "snow" (ok snow changing to rain) are cropping up in Acuweather's (notoriously unreliable) two-week forecast. Will Black Friday be a White Friday hereabouts, at least for a few hours?

Only the SLCB knows and it's not (yet) talking.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 13, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Tinkerbelle! A great day for hiking! Gorgeous out!

Posted by: Snowlover2 | November 13, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Temp up 8 this hour at DCA, up 11 the last 2 hours. Sun going to work!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 13, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Correction to above: Acuweather is saying "rain, mixed with snow early" for Black Friday. But given the accuracy of their long-range forecasts, Acuweather might just as well be calling for a high of 76 that day.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | November 13, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Heading out to the park to kick the soccer ball and pass around the football. Plenty of time to stay indoors and cleanup next weekend!

I echo the forecast, tho I love snow, these days are what Fall is all about. Now if I could only go horseback riding, it'd be perfect!

Posted by: kygurl94 | November 13, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

what a splendid day! Anyone else stuck indoors today, like me? Argh! :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 13, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I had a baby boy (surprise to us, we thought we were going to have a baby girl, and our first...) last Sunday. The weather has been *perfect* AFAIC. Couldn't have been nicer for taking baby home, for early morning light and later afternoon sunshine, for sunsets. Love this weather! It'll turn cold and rotten just in time for my weather-spoiled in-laws to arrive from L.A. and declare our weather "terrible!" (which it sorta is, in a sense, if you're used to perfection 10 months of the year...)

Posted by: wrytous | November 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Highs: DCA, 68; IAD/BWI, 65.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 13, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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