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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 02/11/2011

PM Update: Climbing out of the cold

By Ian Livingston

Our warm-up got underway nicely today, even with high temperatures still running below average. Without major wind, and under an increasingly strong sun, afternoon readings near 40 and into the low 40s felt pretty fantastic! For those wanting more, there is plenty ahead, though nights are still going to be nippy and some weekend breezes may add a bit of a chill to the air at times.

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: Mostly clear skies last through the night, as do pretty light winds. With a dry air mass lingering overhead, readings should tumble nicely once the sun sets. Most places fall back to and below freezing shortly after dark on their way to lows in the low-and-mid 20s in the suburbs to the upper 20s in the warmest locations.

Tomorrow (Saturday): We're greeted by mostly sunny skies to start the weekend and a continued moderating temperature trend. We probably don't gain a ton of warmth, with highs largely in the mid-40s. Breezes sustained around 10-15 mph -- with gusts near or past 30 mph -- from the west may make it feel a little chillier than today at times.

See Camden Walker's forecast through the weekend. And if you haven't already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Weather discussion on Saturday: As part of Heritage Week 2011, NOAA is hosting a panel called "Extreme Weather!" tomorrow at 11 a.m. at their campus in Silver Spring, Md. WRC-TV chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer will moderate the panel that includes several NOAA experts including Greg Carbin, Captain Barry Choy and Paul Kocin. The discussion will cover everything from tornadoes to tropical storms and blizzards. The event is free to the public -- just remember to bring a photo ID. See more details.

By Ian Livingston  | February 11, 2011; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

Excellent! Looking forward to getting outside and getting some healthy Vitamin D!

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 11, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed the UV is moderate again, on clear days, around solar noon ~12:22pm... enjoy! Get that Vitamin D-3 ;-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Sun felt nice, but it took some strategy to escape the shade downtown. Cross streets are your friend when the sun still hangs low.

Posted by: nykr29 | February 11, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

nykr29 - agree. In the summer it is opposite, when we seek out the rare shade among the buildings, when our low temperature downtown is near 80 degrees!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Accuwx and henry margusity are already hyping NEXT week (after the warm up) and saying the GFS is showing a big storm around the 25th - 27th :/

Which is true but you'd think he would have learned his lesson from the last storm AKA the southern snow, that he was bringing out the big daddy hat for only to later have to wear his big dunce hat for as it didnt ride the coast like he predicted it would a week out and as the models originally thought :/

POSSIBLE DOOM DEATH WINTER STORM AT 384 HOURS OUT ON THE GFS!!!!!! Get your SNOW HOPE flakes goin **************

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/gfs/18/images/gfs_ten_384m.gif

sorry, had to do it! At least you snow lovers can dream about the 384 hours away storm ;)

Posted by: KRUZ | February 11, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Here's a little something for KRUZ and ThinkSpring:

The average high temperature hits 50° on Feb 26.

Then it hits 60° on March 27. Then 70° on April 26 (only 73 days away!)

It then hits 80º on May 30th!

By July 16, it's up to a whopping 89 toasty degrees!

Oh, and one other note: Today is the 102 year anniversary of DC's all time record low temperature of -15°.

Source: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/climate/dca/NME.htm

Posted by: BobMiller2 | February 11, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

@KRUZ

Most of us snowlovers know not to trust the GFS at long range, and if we could and it always verified then we would have several snowmageddons per year. ;)

Posted by: cubscapsfan | February 11, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

@BobMiller2

Whether its 89° or -15°, as long as theres no snow, sleet or ice falling I am perfectly content :)

I know MOST of you guys here never fall for the GFS's dream storms, but accuweather is already talking them up, especially henry margusity LOL, not that its any surprise but its still hilarious to me.

Posted by: KRUZ | February 11, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I'd be cautious for now near the 'end' of the warm up. Models tend to have trouble with potential transitions and often they show up sooner or more pronounced than they end up. I think there is some sign that any move back toward a colder look might be transient. The southeast ridge is certainly trying to show off in the coming period.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 11, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't need snow to call it a nice winter weather weekend.
Looking forward to cracking opening some windows & getting some sun.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 11, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Ian- "Colder look might be transient"

No doubt about it. If you ask me, im in the "Winter is over" camp! As per usual this winter, any cold air that may be around will undoubtedly go away as storms approach!

Snow/sleet/ice.... Good riddance!

Posted by: KRUZ | February 11, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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