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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 12/30/2010

PM Update: Ringing in 50+ degree weather

By Jason Samenow

Relative to yesterday, the winds are less, the clouds are more, and the mercury about level - reaching the mid-40s this afternoon. But temperatures rock upward for New Year's Eve and climb even higher for the first day of the New Year. Are you ready for some 50s?

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.

Through Tonight: Overcast skies partially clear and it's a little chilly. Temperatures fall back through the 40s this evening and eventually bottom out near freezing downtown with mid-to-upper 20s in the colder suburbs.

New Year's Eve (Friday): Incredibly, the last day of the month will be the warmest since the first day of the month (65). The sun is back and, with the help of winds from the south, temperatures ascend into the mid-50s. The outlook for 12:00 a.m. 1/1/11 is partly cloudy with temps in the low 40s (upper 30 in the suburbs).

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Long-range look: Next week (after Sunday) is likely to bring mostly dry and fairly seasonable weather with day time highs in the low-to-mid 40s. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center indicates a good chance of below average temperatures beyond that in the 8-14 day period. In my latest Weather Gang Lab video, I discuss the reasons.

By Jason Samenow  | December 30, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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Any guesses for the high at Reagan National tomorrow? Temps have been overperforming lately, so I'll say 56.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I'll go with 54 and a wind chill. This last week St Mary's County weather has been acting like it's completely outside DC's viewing area. We had a little rain today that should have melted some the snow people are still carrying around on top of their cars. There are still ice chunks in Breton Bay.

Posted by: jenniej | December 30, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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