D.C.-area forecast: Summer surges back, 80-degree weather next four days

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

9/10: Our first of four straight summers days. With December less than six weeks away, I’ll take it!


Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs: Near 80.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows: 58-65.
Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs: 80-85.

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The sun is sinking lower in the sky, the leaves are changing, but summer’s paying no attention. For the next four days it’s seizing control, as afternoon temperatures swell into the 80s — some 12 to 20 degrees above normal. The nights are unseasonably mild as well, with lows at times as warm as “normal” highs. Some records could fall during this warm streak before autumn reasserts itself this weekend.

Today (Monday): Early risers may appreciate a light jacket as many spots begin the day in the 50s. But by afternoon, it’s shorts and short sleeves weather as highs sprint up to near 80 degrees. Skies are mostly sunny and breezes light; so you may find more comfort in the shade. There’s even a hint of humidity. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies are mostly clear and it’s quite mild. Lows only slip to the upper 50s in our cooler areas to the low 60s downtown. There may be a few areas of fog towards morning. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): More beautiful sunshine and unseasonably warm conditions. Highs range from 80 to 85. Winds come in from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph and it’s somewhat humid (dew points low to mid-60s). Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: You could easily mistake this for a June or August night. Under clear skies, lows hold in the 60s in most spots – near 60 in our cooler areas to the mid-60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Both Wednesday and Thursday are partly to mostly sunny and very warm for the time of year. Highs are generally between 80 and 85, and a few spots could even soar into the upper 80s Wednesday. Overnight lows are mostly in the 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A cold front finally marches into the region Friday, but we may eke out one more mild afternoon with highs into 70s. In the afternoon and at night, a few showers are possible — but we’re unlikely to see meaningful rain. Friday-night temperatures dip back into the 50s. Confidence: Medium

The weekend is likely to turn much cooler. Highs both days should be in the 60s with overnight lows dipping back into the 40s. We have a reasonable chance to stay dry but need to watch low pressure, which might develop along Friday’s front. If the low hugs the coast, it may throw back clouds and rain. But more likely, it stays far enough to our east that we’re partly sunny and dry. Confidence: Low-Medium

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