From the ABC 7 Weather team

Warming up and drying out, if just a bit, for Easter

April 23, 2011 - 12:01 AM
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With yet more fronts approaching and warmer, more humid air in place, showers and storms are a slight threat through the Easter weekend.

This Afternoon: Cloudy, Chance of Showers, Warmer

Highs: 65-70 | Wind: SW 10-15/G 25

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Showers Possible

Lows: 57-63 | Rain: SSW 10-15

Sunday: Partly Sunny, Warm, Late Shower Possible

Highs: 78-83 | Wind: SW 10-15/G 25

After an extraordinarily chllly day on Friday with highs only in the 40s and even a few snowflake sightings, today will be much milder and a bit drier. Despite the cloud cover, the warm front moving toward the Washington area from the Carolinas should raise temperatures near 70 today.  As a consequence of this morning's rain, a Flash Flood Watch and a Flood Watch are in effect until 4 PM for areas west of the Blue Ridge. A Coastal Flood Advisory for the District of Columbia is in effect for the day as well.  The threat of showers for the remainder of the day is 20%

Showers and thunderstorms are possible overnight and again late in the day on Sunday. But Easter Sunday also promises to give us a modicum of sunshine and very mild temperatures. Look for partly sunny conditions and highs in the low 80s. In fact, that same combination of warm, humid air and southerly breezes will persist through much of next week: daytime highs near 80 and nighttime lows in the 60s will make it feel almost like summer.  Only at week's end is a cold front - with yet more rain - expected to usher in cooler air and thus return us to the seasonal norm of 68 degree highs. Enjoy your Easter weekend.

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