From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A Mother's Day Special: Sunny, breezy, & comfortably cool

May 12, 2013 - 10:54 AM
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Look for a mostly sunny, breezy, and comfortably cool Mother's Day.  Northwesterly winds, drier air, and highs in the upper 60s will make for a pleasant Sunday.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny, Breezy, & Cooler

Highs: 65-70 | Wind: NW 15-20/G 30 mph

Tonight: Mostly Clear & Chilly

Lows: 32-41 | Wind: NW10-15/G 30 mph

Monday: Mostly Sunny, Unseasonably Cool

Highs: 55-63 | Wind: NW 10-15/G 25 mph

The day feels like a Mother's Day gift already.  With showers retreating quickly to the southeast, northwesterly breezes picking up, and humidity levels dropping, today is a refreshing contrast to the wet, muggy days of late,.  As a cold front moves farther away and high pressure builds in, a rather cool, but mostly sunny day is on tap for mom's special day.  So cool will be the temperatures that a Freeze Watch is in effect for the Blue Ridge and areas near the Mason-Dixon Line for tonight through early Monday morning; the mercury could fall into the upper 20s and low 30s in the higher elevations.  Here in the immediate metro area, chiily, but not freezing temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s are likely.

More sunshine and exceptionally cool readings will usher in the new week with highs on Monday and Tuesday only in the upper 50s and lower 60s.  Thereafter, a warm front and low pressure will bring much warmer air and the threat of showers and thunderstorms from midweek through Friday.  Highs on Thursday and Friday could reach the low to mid 80s.

NOTE: While the last six days have been variably wet - from a trace of rain to as much as 0.55 inches at Reagan National - the rainfall deficit persists with a year-to-date shortfall of 2.3 inches at DCA.  Enjoy what should be a pleasantly cool Mother's Day! 

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