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Blustery Black Friday

Jason Samenow @ 11:35 AM

After a record high of 77 degrees yesterday (at Reagan National Airport), temperatures will be THIRTY degrees colder this afternoon. Yes, we had a powerful cold frontal passage. Chilly but slowly moderating conditions will be with us through the weekend.


Forecast Confidence: HighWindy and cold. Strong northwest winds behind yesterday's cold front will deliver honest to goodness blustery conditions. Bundle up if you're heading to the stores this afternoon and evening. High temperatures will hold in the mid to upper 40s; however, windchills will be in the 30s factoring in 10-20mph winds, gusting in excess of 25mph at times. Tonight, skies clear and everyone drops below freezing (you, too, Reagan National Airport -- for the first time this season). Low should range from 25-30 (suburbs-city).


Forecast Confidence: HighHigh pressure, high excitement 'Hoos and Hokies. Cool. Thanks to a cold area of high pressure, expect a mostly sunny and seasonably chilly day across the Mid-Atlantic, with light winds. If you're headed to Charlottesville, where the University of Virginia will host Virginia Tech in a game that determines who plays Boston College for the ACC Championship (not to mention state bragging rights), expect temperatures in the mid 40s during the game. Around here, high temperatures should also be in that range. Overnight, we should see partly cloudy skies, with lows again 25-30 (suburbs-city).


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighPartly sunny, not as cold. High pressure will slide off to the southeast, giving us southerly flow. That will warm things up a bit with highs in the low 50s -- despite a gradual increase in high clouds. Winds will remain rather light at about 5mph.

A Look Ahead

  • Heading back to work on Monday, some occasional light rain is possible, with highs near 50.
  • After some lingering morning rain, Tuesday should bring gradual clearing and breezy conditions, with highs in the low to mid 50s.
  • Wednesday looks to be mostly sunny and seasonable, with highs in the low 50s.

Yesterday's Record High

The record of 77 degrees set yesterday, broke the previous record by 2 degrees, which was first set in 1940 and tied in 1979. Since records have been kept at Reagan National (DCA), it has reached 70 degrees or higher just six times on November 22. On the other extreme, the coldest it's ever been on that date was in 1929, when the high just reached 35 degrees. Of course, many Washingtonians will remember the 2" of snow that fell on 11/22 in 1989, when the high reached only 36.

Yesterday's record was the 5th record high of 2007. The others were:
  • January 6: 73 degrees.
  • August 8: 102 degrees.
  • October 8: 91 degrees.
  • October 9: 92 degrees.
No record lows have been set this year at DCA.

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