From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A summer-like Sunday, but chillier air by midweek

April 13, 2014 - 10:48 AM
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Look for yet another taste of summer with mostly sunny skies, southerly breezes, and highs in the low 80s.  Monday will be almost as warm, but chillier air arrives at midweek.

This Afternoon:
Mostly Sunny, Very Warm, Breezy
Highs: 79-83
Wind: SSW 5 -15/G 25 mph
Tonight:
Partly Cloudy, Breezy, & Mild
Lows: 55-65
Wind: S 10-15 mph
Monday:
Partly Sunny, Still Warm, & Breezy
Highs: 75-80
Wind: S 15-20/G 25

Washington felt like summer yesterday and, in many ways, looked like it too.  With mostly sunny skies and a high of 77 at Reagan National,  it seemed everybody had come out of their winter lairs wearing shorts and T-shirts!  The lack of greenery notwithstanding, the stunning cherry blossoms banished  all our snowy nightmares and brought on beachy dreams.

With high pressure still overhead, today promises to be equally sunny and even warmer.  While the record high for the date - 90 back in 1977 - seems out of reach, highs this afternoon could break into the 80s for only the second time this year.  Southwesterly breezes gusting to 25 mph will enhance the summer-like feel of the day.  Note that the UV Index is already high, meaning that sunblock application should be on your "to do list before heading out the door.

A cold front now over the upper Midwest will begin to approach tomorrow and will bring much colder air back to DC by midweek.  Monday will be yet one more unseasonably warm day with highs in the upper 70s, but rain on Tuesday and Wednesday will herald the return of chillier than normal readings.  Highs on Wednesday are likely to be only in the upper 40s with nighttime lows in the 30.  Temperatures will gradually return to seasonal norms by the end of the week.  Enjoy spring's bounty on this summery Sunday 

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