From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Mostly sunny & seasonable today, but hot by week's end

May 4, 2014 - 11:50 AM
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Look for a partly sunny, warm, and breezy day with highs in the low to mid 70s.

This Afternoon:
Partly Sunny, Warm, Breezy
Highs: 73-76
Wind: SW 10-20/G 25 mph
Mostly Clear, Cool, & Breezy
Lows: 44-50
Wind: NW 10-20/G 25 mph
Turning Mostly Cloudy, Cooler
Highs: 63-67
Wind: NW 5-10 mph

After a delightful Saturday with a perfect mix of sun and clouds and highs in the low 70s, today continues to stoke our spring fever!  Look for partly to  mostly sunny skies and rather breezy conditions with southwesterly winds gusting to 25 mph.  As a cold front begins to drop through the area, winds will shift to the northwest.  Highs are likely to reach the low to mid 70s once again for the fourth day in a row.   The National Weather Service is cautioning against outdoor burning as today's low humidity and gusty winds increase the risk of  brush fires.

The front will stall to the south of our area and eventually begin a retreat, bringing with it  increased cloudiness and somewhat cooler temperatures.  Thereafter, a few seasonable and mostly sunny days are on tap for midweek,  A southerly flow on Thursday could spawn thunderstorms and then send the mercury into the mid to upper 80s on Friday.  That early taste of summer could last into the weekend which could feature some rain as well.

NOTE: The pollen count for trees, especially ash, sycamore, and maple is very high for today.  A cautionary note too on the sunshine: the UV index is high and sunburns are occurring with very little exposure.  Time for the sunblock!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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