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The week ahead: Where is winter?

Jason Samenow @ 8:00 AM

Meteorological winter begins this Friday, December 1. The weather prior to its arrival won't be particularly winterlike -- with high temperatures mainly in the 60s. But by the onset of meteorological winter, the pattern will change and the weather will more appropriately fit the season. Details follow.


Nice Day StampPartly sunny, mild (updated). After some patchy morning fog, we'll have a mix of sun and clouds this afternoon. Afternoon highs will be above normal -- in the low to mid 60s. Overnight, it will be clear with lows in the mid 30s in the suburbs to the low 40s downtown.

The Upcoming Week at a Glance

Coolest Day: Sunday, 49
Warmest Days: Thursday, 68
Dry Days: Monday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Precipitation Chances: Friday (60%)
The Week's Wild Cards: Will the cold front late in the week bring heavy rain and strong winds? When will the cooler air finally arrive?
Climatological Average High/Low: 53-51/37-35

Pictured: Partly sunny skies in south Bethany Beach over the weekend. High surf from last week's storm pushed the dunes back and took out most beachfront boardwalk stairs. By Jason Samenow.


Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighMostly sunny, continued mild. Tomorrow will pretty much be a carbon copy of today as high pressure remains parked over much of the eastern third of the U.S. Expect partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 60s. Overnight, it will be clear with lows in the mid 30s in the suburbs to the low 40s downtown.


Forecast Confidence: HighJust a few clouds, pleasant. High pressure will continue to nose its way down the East Coast. High temperatures should again rise well into the 60s under partly to mostly sunny skies. Overnight, expect fair skies with lows 40-47 (suburbs-city).

Pictured: Another weekend image from Bethany Beach (looking south towards Fenwick and Ocean City). High surf -- days after the coastal storm -- left to little to no beach. Walking the beach was difficult except during the hours around low tide. By Jason Samenow.


Forecast Confidence:Medium-HighBreezy, unseasonably warm. Ahead of a strong frontal system to our west, southerly flow is likely to help boost temperatures about 15 degrees above average. Expect a mix of clouds and sun, with highs 65-70. Overnight, clouds should increase as the front approaches, with showers possible late. Low temperatures should be in the 50s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumBreezy, stormy? A strong cold front will push through the region -- probably in the mid to late afternoon. Showers and even a thunderstorm are possible with the frontal passage. Before the front passes in the afternoon, high temperatures may reach the low 60s. Overnight, expect gradual clearing and breezy conditions with lows 32-37 (suburbs to city).

The weekend

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighPartly sunny, noticeably cooler. Canadian high pressure will build southward and eastward over the weekend resulting in seasonably cool conditions. Expect highs both days in the upper 40s to low 50s and overnight lows 26-32 (suburbs to city).

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