From the ABC 7 Weather team

More unseasonable chill, but relief by Tuesday

October 2, 2011 - 11:32 AM
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If you switched to a heavier jacket and pulled up your hood yesterday, you were not alone.

This Afternoon: Cloudy, Chilly, Scattered Showers

Highs: 50-55 | Rain: 30% Chance

Tonight: Cloudy, Chance of Showers, Chilly

Lows: 42-47 | Wind: W 5-10 mph

Monday: Mostly Cloudy, Cool, Chance of Rain

Highs: 57-61 | Rain: 50% Chance

Feeling and looking more like mid-November, yesterday had Washingtonians pulling out their heavier jackets and switching from their air conditioners to the furnace. While the official high at Reagan National was 61, that reading was at midnight; the daytime high was only in the mid 50s with the high winds making it feel like the 40s for most of the day. With rainfall tallies ranging from a third of an inch at Annapolis to almost an inch at Gaithersburg, the combination of rain, gusty winds to 30 mph, and the unnatural chill, made for a dramatic change to the very warm and humid weather of the past few months. The day was so cold that an inch of snow was reported in Pendleton County, WV.

Because of a low pressure system that continues to spin over the northeast Atlantic, we will see little improvement today. High temperatures should again be in the low to mid 50s with a 30% chance of showers;  there will be sunny breaks today, but there will be little warmth in that sunshine. The same pattern will extend into Monday, which while still chilly, will again see peeks of sunshine and a 50% chance of showers.  Thereafter, as the low moves off and a ridge of high pressure comes east, the week should improve by leaps and bounds. Mostly sunny skies on Tuesday and highs near 70 will set up a pattern of fine days that we have not experienced since last spring. Daytime highs near 70 and nighttime lows near 50 will return the calendar to its rightful position: early October!  Enjoy your Sunday.

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