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Warming Up for a Cool Down

Dan Stillman @ 10:20 AM

Seasonably warm temperatures will visit the DC area for today and tomorrow, before a cold front brings showers tomorrow night into early Friday and cooler air for Friday and the weekend.


Forecast Confidence: HighClearing skies, warming temperatures. Morning clouds and fog should give way to partly sunny skies by lunchtime, with mostly sunny conditions during the afternoon. Once the clouds dissipate, temperatures should climb nicely to a high approaching 75. Tonight, a few clouds with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s in town, low 50s in the burbs.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighSun and warmth tries to hang on, then a showery overnight. After a bit of morning fog, we should be able to manage a partly sunny day before clouds thicken toward evening ahead of an approacing cold front. High temps should top out in the mid 70s. A scattered shower or sprinkle may make it in for the evening hours (20% chance), with a better chance (50%) of showers and maybe a thunderstorm after midnight. Under mostly cloudy skies, overnight lows should be fairly uniform across the area, near 60.


Forecast Confidence: MediumTurning windy and cool. The cold front moves through, though its timing is uncertain. My best guess is we'll see mostly cloudy skies and a 30% chance of showers through late morning, followed by gradual clearing. It'll be breezy throughout the day, especially in the afternoon as the wind kicks up out of the northwest behind the front. As the cooler air mass moves in, temps probably won't make it higher than the mid 60s. Overnight, mostly clear and breezy. Lows in the low-to-mid 40s in town, upper 30s to near 40 in the burbs.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighMid 60s, calm wind, sunny through at least early Sunday. The wind should diminish as high pressure moves overhead during the day Saturday. High temperatures on Saturday look to be in the mid 60s under abundant sunshine, and continued clear Saturday night with lows in the low-to-mid 40s downtown, upper 30s in the burbs. The clear skies should last into the first part of Sunday, but the next front could bring increasing clouds and a chance of showers for Sunday afternoon as the high again reaches the mid 60s.

Rainy Days Not so Bad?

Here at we've been scolded in the past by visitors who take exception to us labeling rainy days with words like "depressing," "yucky" or "gross." Comments in response to a post earlier this month included the following:

"A little bit much on the negativity, no? Maybe some people like overcast and drizzly. Maybe some people have plans for indoor activities. I'm sure some people are bummered out about this weather, and I'm sure some people's plans are interfered with, and that's too bad. Don't make it worse by ordering us to hate the weather," said Nora.

"I agree with Nora on this. I happen to LOVE clouds, wind, rain or drizzle, especially on a Fall weekend holiday. Great for reading, writing, watching movies, hanging out with the kids and playing games, museum hopping, cooking, cleaning on and on. What I HATE is weather forecasters who impose their ideal weather days on the rest of us (even if they believe many or most agree with them)! Better to say, 'if you love wet and windy weather, this is your kind of forecast,'" said Artjohn.

Well, Nora and Artjohn, it seems the two of you are not alone according to an online poll taken by WUSA-TV 9. The poll asked visitors if rainy days "always get me down," "are good for sleeping," "are a nice change," or "don't matter to me." The first and most negative choice -- "always get me down" -- received the fewest votes, with "are good for sleeping" receiving the overwhelming majority. The results as of late last night were:
  • always get me down: 78 votes
  • are good for sleeping: 461 votes
  • are a nice change: 101 votes
  • don't matter to me: 87 votes
Don't forget to vote in the current poll -- "When will we see our first snowflakes?" -- along the right sidebar above.

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