From the ABC 7 Weather team

A warm Easter, but showers threaten by afternoon

April 24, 2011 - 11:40 AM
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It's a very mild start to this Easter Sunday and even warmer air is en route for the afternoon.  But so too is the threat of thunderstorms.

The warm weather should last through Easter Sunday. (Photo: TBD Staff)

This Afternoon: Mostly Cloudy, Warm, PM Storms

Highs: 80-85 | Wind: S 5-10

Tonight: Scattered Storms, Mild

Lows: 58-63 | Wind: Light W

Monday: Mostly Sunny & Very Warm

Highs: 83-87 | Wind: S 5-10

What a magnificent day it has been. At midday, most everything  looks and feels like Easter should. Temperatures are in the comfortable 70s, dew points are up, the tulips are in bloom, and the azaleas are ablaze with color. The only threat to this pleasant holiday is a cold front that is stalling to the north of Washington.  Associated with that front is a series of impulses that have been dropping large amounts of rain to the west of the Appalachians. Just like yesterday, most of that activity is dissipating as it crosses the mountains.  However chances are that some of it could survive today and threaten us with storms later this afternoon and into the evening.  Some of the storms could be severe with high winds and hail.  While the possibility of those storms is at 40%, the chance of a warm day is not in doubt: look for highs today to reach the low to mid 80s.

Monday will feature even warmer readings than today with highs in the summer-like range of 83 to 87 degrees under mostly sunny skies.  A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible Monday night, but Tuesday should be rain-free and still quite warm around 80 degrees. Indeed, with a Bermuda High pumping in warm, moist air throughout much of the week, Washington will see its first sustained "heat" wave of the season.   By Thursday however, a strong cold front will drop temperatures back to seasonal norms with highs Thursday through Saturday in the upper 60s and lower 70s.  Enjoy your Easter, but keep and eye on the sky this afternoon.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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