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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

PM Update: Friday temps inch upward

By Jason Samenow

Looking out the window this afternoon could easily mislead those seeking insight into the weather. Skies were just as sunny as yesterday, but temperatures around 25 degrees colder. After a chilly night, temps swing back up tomorrow - roughly midway between today's upper 30s and Wednesday's low 60s.

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 early give way to increasing mid- and high level clouds late tonight as winds from the southeast breathe in some milder air. Nonetheless, temperatures still fall back to near 30 downtown and into the mid-20s in the colder suburbs.

Tomorrow (Friday): We'll have a mix of sun and clouds (I'm leaning toward more clouds) and though it's milder than today, it's not exactly balmy. Highs range from 45-50. Winds from the east and southeast at 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph, offer a characteristic March chill.

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Red hot image of the sun: Greek photographers keep delivering the celestial goods. Yesterday we featured an image first published on NASA's website of the crescent moon over the Poseidon temple in Sounion, Greece. Today, the same NASA site has a beautiful image of a sunset in Alexandroupoli, Greece, showcasing refraction and mirage optical phenomena. It's not the weather image of the day though. You'll have to check back later for that...

By Jason Samenow  | March 3, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
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Do you all feel it is too cold for some semi-outdoor, walking around, plans tonight? Or will you brave the slight breeze..?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 3, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

a little cool out, but love the bright sunshine. What a difference the higher sun angle makes. Everything looks 10x brighter.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | March 3, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

meteorolinguist - agree. And the bonus is that we have visible light above 12 hours' duration now!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 3, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't seem that cold to me, walked the dog in shorts & a t-shirt 2day. Hope to fish 2morrow but 20 mph wind gusts may keep me home.

Posted by: VaTechBob | March 3, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

March is often called "the cruelest month". We get a tease of Spring and then the next day it's like winter again (like today). I often say my least favorite month physically is January (because it is the coldest on average), but my least favorite month mentally is March because of how it messes with your mind. You think it's spring, open all your windows, and the next day it's winter with 20 degree morning temps. That's just cruel.

Posted by: rwalker66 | March 3, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

March is great. Vernal equinox. Clocks go forward. Having some daylight hours in the evening is a blessing to those of us shut up in windowless offices 5 days a week.
Yay sunshine!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 3, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

All of you fellow snow-lovers out there, have a great spring-summer season! See ya' next December!

Posted by: johnnierat | March 3, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

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