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DC Area Forecast: Nice and sunny and cool before chances of showers this weekend


A somewhat subjective assessment of today’s weather on a scale from 0 to 10.

8/10: A windy chill draws the grumble to start, but a sunny, mild afternoon will win your heart.

  • Today: Sky clear early, windy. Highlights: 68-72
  • Tonight: Clear, calming wind. Lower: 46-52
  • Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, light wind. Highlights: 71-75

Mild temperatures are a treat for heat-haters now through the holiday weekend, but pool parties can be a problem. The big question is whether rain will spoil the weekend. A southeasterly storm is sure to turn up clouds, but showers are only slowly moving north and may not arrive until late Sunday or Monday, if at all. So don’t put the grill on the shelf just yet, and if you’re headed to the beach, jump to the bottom to check the weather forecast.

Today (Thursday): A few clouds may linger early, the remnants of a strong cold front that blew through overnight. Gusts from the north quickly clear skies and hopefully even push out the pesky haze of recent days. Highs only reach the upper 60s to lower 70s, so dress appropriately. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear skies and easing winds lead to a cool night with lows falling into the mid to upper 40s (lower 50s in the center). Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The northeast wind is relatively weak, but the cool air remains in place. Still, the sun is high in the sky these days and readings top out in the low to mid 70s for a nice day. A storm spinning up off the Carolinas may throw a few clouds into the area, but probably not until sunset. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds spread through the night with only the lightest easterly breeze. Lows cool to the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Clouds should definitely be rising Saturday but showers, if they develop, are likely to be light, widespread and primarily late in the day or overnight. Highs will be in the lower 70s with overnight lows in the low to mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

Cloudy and windy conditions are a safe bet Sunday. Less certain are showers that gradually spread from south to north over the area. Rainfall amounts still look to be on the light side and it is possible that the rain will remain to the south. Highs will do no better than the upper 60s to lower 70s with overnight lows in the mid to upper 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Memorial Day (Monday) is likely to remain cloudy and scattered showers are a possibility. Highs will reach down into the mid-70s. Model forecasts are not well aligned and a drier outcome is still possible, so don’t give up on outdoor activities, just have a backup plan and check our updates! Confidence: Low-Medium

Onshore winds and rising clouds will keep the beaches on the cool side all weekend with increasing rain chances from south to north Saturday into Monday.

New Jersey and Delaware Beaches: Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s/lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Increasing clouds Saturday, showers possible Sunday and Monday. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph Saturday/Sunday

Beaches in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland: Upper 70s/low upper 50s to lower 60s. Increasing clouds late Friday, showers mainly late Saturday through early Monday. Northeast wind 10-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph Saturday/Sunday.

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