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Washington, D.C. weather forecast: Strong cold front this week, record lows possible

April 13, 2014 - 08:15 PM
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After a beautiful weekend, big changes are on the way. A strong cold front will bring falling temperatures and periods of heavy rain.

Partly Cloudy and Mild
Lows: 58°-63°
Wind: South 10-15 mph
Mostly Cloudy, Breezy
Highs: 73°-78°
Wind: South 12 to 18 mph +
Rain, Heavy at Times, Falling Temps
Temperatures: morning near 70°, 40s by afternoon
Wind: Southwest to Northwest 15-25 mph


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First and foremost, you should be sitting down when you read the following forecast. Forecasting words that should be illegal to use in April will be read. Remember, you have been warned.

What a day to be in Washington! It was the warmest so far this year with highs approaching 85 degrees at Reagan National. Clouds have started to increase just a bit, but it will remain dry overnight as lows fall to the upper 50s and lower 60s. Skies will turn mostly cloudy Monday, but temperatures will still manage to rebound into the 70s. Winds will increase out of the south and gusts are likely to exceed 25 miles per hour.

Important note: Please make sure you are sitting down a this point.

A strong cold front will approach from the west Monday night. Showers are likely to develop, but temperatures won't drop much at first. Lows will be in the 60s, with the mildest temperatures closer to D.C. Rain will overspread the mid-Atlantic Tuesday as the front moves overhead. On average, about an inch of rain will fall. Morning temperatures will likely be near 70 degrees, but will plummet by afternoon. I'm talking about a 30 to 35 degree drop in just a few hours. Rain and strong wind gusts will pretty much bring an end to the peak cherry blossom blooms.

It is possible snow showers will develop in the mountains. If that is not enough to put you in the Christmas spirit, near record morning lows are anticipated Wednesday morning. The current records for April 16th are 29° at Reagan National, 28° at Dulles and 30° at BWI Marshall.

Temperatures will slowly rebound back to the 60s by the end of the week with showers by next weekend.

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