From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Feeling like Fall with very cool temperatures and a chilly rain

October 7, 2012 - 11:13 AM
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It feels like a different season today with temperatures 25 degrees lower than Saturday and periods of chilly rain.

This Afternoon: Cloudy & Cool, Rain Likely

Highs: 50-57 | Wind: N 3-6 mph

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy & Cool, Shower Possible

Lows: 38-45 | Wind: NW 5 mph

Monday: Mostly Cloudy, Continued Quite Cool

Highs: 55-60 | Wind: N 5 mph

Seasonal  change was in the air yesterday as the balminess of the morning became the bluster of the afternoon.  After topping out at 80 degrees around noon, a cold front came rushing through with winds gusting to 30 mph and temperatures quickly falling into the upper 60s.  With a similar drop in dew points, the sunny skies became clearer  as did the identity of the season! 

This morning started with mostly overcast skies, light rain, and very cool readings in the 40s and 50s.  The rain feel steadily, but moderately, through the late morning with rainfall tallies of less than 0.1 inches. The rain shield will be generally east of the DC area this afternoon , but scattered light rain is still likely.  Combined with unseasonably cool temperatures near 50 -  25 degrees cooler than yesterday - Sunday will remain a damp and rather dreary day. The early season chill has prompted freeze watches for the mountainous regions to the west and a freeze warning for the highest elevations. 

Columbus Day is expected to be mostly cloudy with temperatures again in the 50s, well below the seasonal norm of 71.  Sunshine and a brief return to milder air are likely on Wednesday, but the trend for the week will be below average temperatures.  Fall, after two weeks masquerading as summer, will be making up for lost time!  Enjoy your Sunday.

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