From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Two more days of unseasonable warmth before the chill returns

November 11, 2012 - 11:25 AM
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Look for a very pleasant Veterans Day with mostly sunny skies, light breezes and highs around 70.  Showers and cooler air arrive on Tuesday.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny & Unseasonably Mild!

Highs: 68-72 | Wind: S 5-10 mph

Tonight: Mostly Clear & Calm

Lows: 45-51 | Wind: S 5 mph

Monday: Mostly Cloudy, Still Mild, Late Day Rain

Highs: 64-68 | Wind: S 5-10 mph

After shivering in far too early winter-like temperatures for the past two weeks, we're finally getting a welcome reversal of fortune! Yesterday's 65 degree high at Reagan National was the first day since Oct. 28 that the mercury rose above the seasonal norm, which is currently 60 degrees.  With southerly winds continuing today and high pressure staying in place, this Veterans Day will be downright warm with highs around 70.  It will be a day to put away that winter gear that seemed much too premature!  The mild air will stay wth us through Monday, but clouds will be on the increase tomorrow as a cold front approaches.  Still, highs in the 60s for one more day wll help to thaw a month running almost seven degrees colder than normal.

Although the Washington area received over five inches of rain from Sandy, the period since then has been quite dry.  Rain is likely on Tuesday however, with tallies of around 1/2 inch possible; high winds are also possible as are thunderstorms as the front arrives.  Thereafter, high pressure and sunny skies will return, but the temperatures from midweek on will be back in the chillier than normal range with daytime highs in the lower 50s and nighttime lows in the 30s.  Enjoy this wonderful Veterans Day!

NOTE: Today is the 25th anniversary of the infamous Veterans Day snowstorm here in Washington.  Snow began falling on that Monday morning, November 11th, 1987 and continued throughout the day and evening.  Children were stranded at schools and workers at their offices as up to 16 inches fell from the stealthy storm. 

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