D.C.-area forecast: Trending wetter and somewhat warmer

WEATHER NEWS: D.C.-area forecast: Trending wetter and somewhat warmer

Today (Tuesday): Occasional light showers today as highs reach the mid-50s to maybe around 60 under considerably cloudy skies. Rainfall totals generally should range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch, although some spots may see less. Light winds blow from the east and southeast at about 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Periods of steadier rain should move in during the evening. The rain could be moderate at times, with totals probably around a quarter-inch to a half-inch. Temperatures do not cool much at all under clouded conditions, with lows in the lower to mid-50s. Winds pick up from the southeast and east at 5 to 10 mph, with higher gusts possible. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): An early-morning shower is possible, but otherwise mostly cloudy skies with warming temperatures prevail as highs reach the mid- to upper 60s by afternoon. A few spots may reach 70 if we’re able to sneak in some afternoon partly sunny skies at times. Light winds from the north at 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy skies return with lows only drifting to the lower to mid-50s toward dawn, when we also see a chance of showers returning, too. Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday is another showery day, with an afternoon thunderstorm possible as a cold front works into the area. Heavy downpours with gusty winds could happen with thunderstorm activity. Highs manage to reach the lower to mid-60s under mostly cloudy skies again. A few lingering showers possible Thursday night, but otherwise mostly cloudy as lows cool back into the 40s. Confidence: Medium

Friday features a mix of clouds and sun as upper-level energy rolls through to trigger a chance of scattered light showers at times. Highs aim for the lower to mid-60s by afternoon. Some clearing Friday night and turning cooler, with lows from the colder mid-30s in the outer suburbs to mid-40s right in the city. Confidence: Medium

The weekend offers drier weather, although a passing shower is still possible on Saturday. Skies should be partly sunny on Saturday, with cool highs in the mid- to upper 50s. Sunday trends mostly sunny and a bit warmer with highs near 60 to the low 60s. Saturday night should see mostly clear skies with lows from the low 30s farther north and west (light freeze/frost possible) to the low 40s in the city. Confidence: Medium

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