From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Weather Forecast: Warm Wednesday before Wildcard Weekend

October 24, 2012 - 10:56 AM
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After some morning cloudiness, the afternoon will feature more sunshine and mild temperatures more like May.

This Afternoon: Partly Sunny

Highs: Upper 70s- Low 80s | Wind: S 5

Tonight:

Lows: Upper 50s | Wind: Light

Thursday:

Highs: Low to Mid 70s | Wind: E 5-10

This is the last day of incredible warmth for Washington with a high near 80 degrees. This may very well be the last time we get this warm for a while, if not for the rest of the year.  Winds turn Easterly tomorrow, so that will bring in more cloudiness with the ocean influence and our temperatures will be lower in the 70s.  We will gradually slide downhill with temperatures the rest of the week.  Tropical Storm Sandy is just south of Jamaica and nearing hurricane strength.  Sandy is the wildcard player with our forecast late weekend into early next week.  In addition, there is a strong cold front approaching from the West.  Some of the computer models are regtrograding Sandy and combining it with the cold front to create a superstorm for the Mid-Atlantic and/or Northeast.  Other models are keeping it at sea.  Either way, I think there will be problems on the coast from wind, surge and rain.  Sandy is a very large storm and will create swells even if well offshore.  Stay tuned for changes.  There is lower than normal confidence on how these two systems will shake out.  Here is the National Hurricane Center's track forecast for Sandy.

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