From the ABC 7 Weather team

Unseasonably warm through Friday then cooler by the weekend

February 17, 2011 - 10:42 AM
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Thursday: Partly Cloudy & Warmer

Highs: Mid 60s | Wind: SSW 5-10

Overnight: Partly Cloudy & Mild

Lows: 40s | Wind: WSW 10-15

Friday: Partly Sunny; Unseasonably Warm

Highs: Low 70s | Wind: WSW 10-15

The warming trend continues today as southerly winds circulating around a broad area high pressure to our east, act as a heat pump of sorts, pushing afternoon highs into the mid-60s under partly cloudy skies. We began this week with unseasonable warmth, posting an official high temperature of 70 degrees at Reagan National Airport. Now, as we round out the week it appears that we will end the week on an equal if not warmer note.

A cold front will push through the region Friday but, despite our growing need of a little moisture, will not produce rain. Instead it will mean an end to our Spring-like temperatures and a return to the mid-50s Saturday. While it will be noticeably cooler it’s worth pointing out that it will still be above average for this time of the year.

With that said in the wake of the front winds are expected to increase and remain windy through the day on Saturday which will make it feel even colder. Winds will diminish for the second half of the weekend with morning sunshine giving way to increasing afternoon cloudiness as our next storm system approaches for early next week.

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