From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A mostly cloudy, occasionally wet weekend

November 16, 2013 - 12:11 PM
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Look for a mostly cloudy, but mild weekend with highs near 60 today and near 70 on Sunday.  Keep the umbrella handy especially tomorrow afternoon as drizzle and rain are likely

Photo: Jim Joslyn
This Afternoon:
Cloudy & Seasonable
Highs: 55-60
Wind: SE 5 mph
Cloudy, Drizzle & Areas of Fog
Lows: 45-52
Wind: E 5 mph
Mostly Cloudy, Quite Mild, Late Day Rain
Highs: 65-68
Rain: 50% Chance

After a week of wintry mornings, today dawned on a much milder note.  Temperatures were in the 40s, dew points were higher, and last night's rain had moved off to the east.  That rain was significant, with most areas like Reagan National at 1/4 inch, recording the most at any time during this very dry month.  There is more rain in the forecast, but likely not until later tomorrow afternoon and evening.  In the interim, partly to mostly cloudy skies will prevail but so too will milder temperatures.  While skies are clearing some to the west of DC, stratus clouds could linger around the the immediate metro area and to the east through much of the day.  Highs today should be in the mid to upper 50s and on Sunday, close to 70!  Areas of fog and drizzle are possible tonight as temperatures drop only to about 50.

The warm front that will provide us with a somewhat balmy weekend will extend into Monday before a strong cold front brings some heavy downpours and chillier air.  Monday will be a transitional day as the mercury falls from the mid 60s into the lower 50s.  The return of high pressure, northwesterly winds, and plenty of sunshine on Tuesday will also return us to the icebox, if not the freezer!  Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday should hover in the 40s with slightly milder, but still colder than normal readings in the lower 50s at week's end.

NOTE: We continue to lose daylight with the sun setting now before 5 PM.  The attrition continues until December 22nd, the day of the winter solstice, when with the sunrise at 7:24 AM and sunset at 4:50, we begin to gain daylight, if just 1 second on that turnaround day!   

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