From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: An exceptionally chilly week ahead with heavy rain possible Wednesday

November 4, 2012 - 10:37 AM
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Even with a bit more sunshine, our weekend of unseasonable chill continues with another day of high temperatures near just 50 degrees. 

This Afternoon: Partly Sunny, Not as Breezy, Cool

Highs: 49-54 | Wind: N 5-10

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Freeze Watch West of DC

Lows: 30-38 | Wind: N 7

Monday: Mostly Sunny, Continued Quite Cool

Highs: 48-53 | Wind: N 8-13

Even though the winds have calmed and today is featuring a bit more sunshine than Saturday, don't look for your Sunday to be significantly warmer!  Yesterday the mercury struggled to make it to 50 - which it did at 3 PM - but the brisk winds with gusts up to 30 mph made it feel much colder.  With the closest warmth trapped by a jet stream to our south, the coming week will feel more like early December with daytime highs in the upper 40s and low 50s and nighttime lows in the 30s.  There is a Freeze Watch tonight, in fact,  for counties north and west of D.C.

The possibility still exists for two systems, one over the Great Lakes and another in the Mississippi Valley, to combine into a coastal low that could then spread very windy and wet conditions here on Wednesday into Thursday.  Significant rain could fall; and since the temperatures are expected to be in the low 40s, some areas could see snow.  High pressure is expected to return at week's end with sunshine and an attempt by Mother Nature to get closer to the seasonal norm of 62 degrees! 

Enjoy this first day of Eastern Standard Time. The sun sets this afternoon at 5:04 p.m. 

NOTE: Remarkably, this month, though just three days in, is almost seven degrees colder than normal.  If this chilly trend continues, Nov. could become the only month this calendar year with a below average monthly temperature.  The last colder than normal month - October 2011 - was barely so by just a degree.  The last truly very cold month was December 2010 which was five degrees below the norm.

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