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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 11/20/2010

Forecast: Another dry weekend for the area

By Ian Livingston

Seesaw ride of temperatures next several days

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Sunny with highs near 60. Some breeze, but not bad for so late in November!
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Today: Sunny, breezy p.m. 58-62. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 35-43. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Low-to-mid 50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


So far, my run as a Saturday forecaster has been fairly simple in the nearer term. This is my third forecast for a dry weekend and the 7th dry weekend in a row for the area. We're on a bit of a seesaw ride the next few days though. It's fairly mild -- if also breezy -- today, then cooler tomorrow. We go back up to more mild temperatures on Monday and Tuesday, then back down again... Perhaps way down into the holiday period.

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): Sunshine goes to work on chilly morning temperatures and we climb to highs a few degrees above average. That translates to afternoon readings near 60 across the area. A light breeze from the west early in the day increases a bit during the afternoon, sustained around 10 mph with gusts toward 20 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: It starts mostly clear and temperatures quickly fall. A cold front passes through with a few more clouds compared to recent nights, and this helps keep temperatures up slightly. Look for lows maybe down into the mid-30s in the coldest locations to the lower 40s downtown. Confidence: High

Not a bad weekend overall? How much warmer will it be early week? Keep on reading...

Tomorrow (Sunday): Cooler air briefly infiltrates behind the cold front, so we knock temperatures down a notch to finish up the weekend. In addition, a wind shift to off the ocean should bring increased clouds as the day wears on. Highs probably reach the low-and-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: We're under the influence of a marine air mass overnight, so temperatures are pretty uniform and not as cold. Look for mostly cloudy skies with lows in the low-and-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High


Monday may start fairly cloudy, but winds at the surface and above the ground should shift to the southwest and help push clouds out of the area. We probably don't do much better than partly cloudy, but it all combines for temperatures to reach the low-and-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday. we've got a good chance of seeing a very warm day for right before Thanksgiving -- savor it if you like warmth (hint, hint). Partly cloudy skies early become cloudier late, and there's a risk of showers (20-30%) during the afternoon or evening, but probably nothing major or terribly widespread. Confidence: Medium

By Ian Livingston  | November 20, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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I was hoping for the 20s night forecasted by just about everyone--nights have been too mild lately for my taste--but a south breeze kept Jefferson County in the upper 30s. Looks like it'll be a while before our next chance of frost.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | November 20, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

@tinkerbelle: I prefer colder nights as well; my bedroom windows are still half open overnight. Even slightly chilly mornings like today's make it easy to stay in bed longer than I should, though!

Posted by: --sg | November 20, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

tinkerbelle, the dewpoints are fairly "high" in the 30s, to around 40, lately. We won't have frigid overnight lows for the timebeing. But at least heating bills won't be crazy-high, right?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | November 20, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I sleep with the window above my bed open all winter & usually have the ceiling fan on. Can't fall asleep unless it's cold in the bedroom.

Posted by: VaTechBob | November 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Until there's a real snow threat here I like keeping the nights above keeps the remaining crickets alive and chirping.

Weather board update: American Wx Forums having an issue with some terminals getting a "phishing" block notice...evidently the previous owner of the URL was conducting some unsavory operations. In addition there has been discussion of the Thanksgiving pattern change and other matters.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Temps overperforming today, pretty great out there with mid-60s.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 20, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What an amazing late November day. It felt like it was near 70 this afternoon.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | November 20, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

7 day shows sunny, wow, can we make it 8 in a row??

Posted by: jaybird926 | November 20, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

It was an awesome day!

Posted by: weathergrrl | November 20, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

It was an awesome day!

Posted by: weathergrrl | November 20, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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