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The week ahead: Warming trend

Jason Samenow @ 1:43 AM

With March Madness heating up and George Mason en fuego, it's only appropriate mother nature follow suit. Bank on a gradual warm-up this week.


With high pressure centered over the area, expect beautiful sunshine and seasonable temperatures with highs near 60. A good day to take a long lunch break and check out the blossoms? You betcha. Overnight, clear skies and light winds will allow temperatures to drop off into the mid 30s downtown, and near 30 in the suburbs.


A weak area of low pressure will approach from the west, resulting in increasing clouds in the afternoon. There's a slight chance of showers (30%) -- but the saying goes "when you're in drought, leave it out"... That is, when the pattern is dry, a forecast for no rain is often the way to go. A couple showers may linger into the evening hours (but rain amounts, if any, will be meager), followed by slow clearing with lows Tuesday night 40-45.


High pressure returns to the area and any morning cloudiness should give way to afternoon sunshine, and highs in the mid 60s. (The air behind Tuesday's low will actually be milder than the air ahead of it) Wednesday night should be clear and seasonably chilly with lows near 40 downtown and in the low to mid 30s in the suburbs.


The dominant weather player will continue to be high pressure which will slowly move off to our east. With sunshine and winds becoming more southerly, high temperatures should approach the high 60s to around 70. Thursday night should be fairly mild, with lows in the mid 40s.


With the high offshore and a low developing in the midwest, strong southerly flow should assert itself allowing for temperatures to reach or even surpass the 70 degree mark. Right now, Friday is my pick for the *day of the week*. Clouds may increase a bit Friday night ahead of low moving out of the Midwest towards the eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Low temperatures should be quite mild -- near 50.


Depending on the amount of precipitation associated with an approaching cold front, Saturday could be quite nice or a bit showery. My bet is on the former. I expect partly sunny skies with highs in the low 70s. Shower odds I'd put at only about 20%. The front should move through Saturday night-- perhaps triggering a scattered shower or two -- with lows near 50.


The cold front moving through Saturday or Saturday night will not pack much punch, and as skies clear Sunday, temperatures should remain mild with highs near 70 once again.


The average high this week is in the low 60s, and average lows are near 40 downtown and in the mid to upper 30s in the suburbs.

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