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Our Beautiful Spring Takes A Break

Jason Samenow @ 7:55 AM

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The spectacular spring weather we've been enjoying will take some time off as the week gets off to a cool and clammy start. The best way to describe the rest of the week is "variable" -- as we'll have periods of nice weather but also some unsettled conditions. The daily details follow...


Dreary. High pressure to the north coupled with low pressure heading towards southeast VA will result in strong east to northeasterly flow. Some rain will continue this morning, but the steadiest and heaviest will be southeast of DC. Any rain should gradually diminish this afternoon, leaving us with just cloudy skies. Rainfall totals should be generally under 0.5" in the immediate DC area. High temperatures will only be in the mid to upper 50s and winds will be brisk -- from the northeast at 15-25mph. Tonight will be cloudy and cool, with lows 44-48.

You can watch the progress of the rain courtesy of WUSA's Doppler 9000 shown below.


Some improvement. Monday's coastal low will slowly move northeastward. In its wake, sky conditions should transition from cloudy to partly cloudy. With northerly flow and only partial sunshine, temperatures will struggle to get much higher than the upper 60s. Skies should become mostly clear Tuesday night, with lows near a seasonable 50.


Best day of the week? I'm expecting weak high pressure overhead and for the flow to gradually become southerly. This will allow for partly to mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Highs may reach the mid 70s. Overnight, clouds increase as a cold front approaches from the west. Low temperatures should be in the upper 50s.


Showers and thunderstorms likely. As the cold front moves through during the day, we're likely to have a period of rain and possibly some thunderstorms--the exact timing is tough to pindown right now. High temperatures should be in the low 70s. Look for partly cloudy skies and lows in the mid 50s overnight.


Probably decent. In the wake of Thursday's cold front, conditions should become more tranquil. I'm expecting partly sunny skies with highs near 70. With a bit of cold air aloft surrounding an upper level low to our northwest (over the Great Lakes), an isolated shower could develop in the afternoon. Friday night should be fair and seasonable, with lows in the low 50s.

The Weekend

Sunday may be the better day. As the upper low over the Great Lakes spins a bit closer to us (largely to our north), instability type showers/t'storms could develop in the afternoon. High temperatures may be a bit cool -- in the mid to upper 60s. As the upper low moves to our northeast, Sunday should have mostly sunny skies, with highs near 70.


The average high this week is in the mid 70s, with the average low in the low 50s.

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