From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A sunny start, but a soggy finish to Mother's Day weekend

May 12, 2012 - 11:37 AM
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Look for a very pleasant start to the weekend with sunny skies, light breezes, and highs around 80.  Mother's Day is less promising with more clouds and the possibility of showers.

This Afternoon: Sunny, Warm, Pleasant

Highs: 78-82 | Wind: Calm/SW 10

Tonight: Increasing Clouds, Mild

Lows: 53-60 | Wind: S 7-10

Sunday: Morning Sun, PM Chance of Showers

Highs: 76-80 | Precipitation: 20%

Mother Nature seems mindful of moms as she begins this special weekend with a very pleasant, sunny day.  Under the influence of high pressure, look for highs near 80, light breezes, and comfortable humidity.  But with clouds poised to our southwest, Mother's Day itself will be less to the liking.  After some morning sunshine, clouds will dominate in the afternoon and showers unfortunately could mar the latter part of mom's day.  As a cold front approaches and stalls to the west of us and Gulf moisture streams our way, the short term forecast is for cloudy, wet days through Wednesday.  Some heavy rain is possible on Monday and temperatures will be in the lower 70s throughout the period.  Skies are expected to clear on Thursday - much as they did this past week - as high pressure returns and temperatures begin to rise.

NOTE: The past two days have been the only ones this month of May when the temperatures were below normal; the month in fact, has been a significant 5 degrees above the seasonal norm.  Temperatures in the 30s to the west this cool morning were a reminder that May can - on rare occasions - be quite cold and yes, snowy!  A trace of snow has been recorded 6 times in May since records started in 1888, the latest being on May 14, 2010, the very same year that saw 56 inches of snow in DC.  Mother Nature's generosity with flakes that year knew no limits!  Enjoy the weekend and Happy Mother's Day.

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