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Washington DC Weather for March 8: mostly sunny and pleasant Saturday

National Weather Service forecast map
National Weather Service forecast map
Map courtesy National Weather Service

Brian's exclusive forecast for Washington DC:

Today: Mostly sunny and seasonably mild with a high in the mid 50s.

Tonight: Increasing clouds with a few rain showers. The low will be in the lower 40s.

Sunday: Clouds early, then mostly sunny, breezy, and cooler with a high in the mid to upper 40s.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear with a low in the mid 30s.

Monday: Mostly sunny and pleasant with a high near 60.

The extended forecast calls for a sunny sky on Tuesday with a low around 40 and a high near 60. Cloudy with rain showers on Wednesday. The low will be in the lower 40s and the high will be in the upper 40s. Morning flurries on Thursday, then sunny with a low in the lower 30s and a high in the lower 40s. Mostly sunny on Friday with a low in the upper 20s and a high in the mid 40s.

Low pressure that impacted southeast Virginia and coastal Maryland with rain showers yesterday has moved offshore, paving the way for a sunny and pleasant Saturday around the DC region. Morning lows were comparatively mild to recent weeks with readings in the upper 20s to lower 30s, and by afternoon we can expect the mercury to break above the 50-degree mark. Some locations may hit 55 degrees. A cold front will move from west to east across the bay overnight with increasing clouds and a few showers. Morning clouds on Sunday will give way to more sunshine, but temperatures behind the front will not be all that cold. Highs by Sunday afternoon will range from the mid to upper 40s with winds occasionally gusting to 20 miles per hour, which will make it seem colder. On Monday and Tuesday, a milder flow will enable thermometer readings to rebound well into the 50s and perhaps even some lower 60s. Sunshine is expected on both days. The spring preview will be short-lived as an arctic boundary drops down from Canada and an area of low pressure develops along the front. At the moment, it appears that the low will move close enough to Maryland & Virginia to bring in enough mild air and produce mostly rain across the region. The rain may end as snow on Wednesday night as colder air is pulled into the region with the departing low. A small accumulation cannot be ruled out, but it appears unlikely at this time. Sunshine will return later in the week with lows in the 20s and highs in the 40s, a bit cooler than seasonal averages for the middle of March.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday afternoon. Winds today will come out of the west at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds tonight will come out of the northwest at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Visibility may be reduced in rain showers and fog. Winds on Sunday will come out of the northwest at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 2 feet. Marine information is provided as general guidance. Boaters should always stay tuned to the latest forecasts and advisories from the National Weather Service.

The average high temperature for March 8 is 53 degrees and the average low is 35 degrees. The records at Washington on this date are 85 degrees in 2000, and 14 degrees in 1959 and 1986. Today's sunrise will occur at 6:29 and the sunset will occur at 6:06. Weather data courtesy of the National Weather Service. For more weather updates, please visit my web site www.chesapeakebayweather.com, my Chesapeake Bay Weather page on Facebook, and if you're heading to Ocean City feel free to check out my Ocean City MD Weather page on Facebook. You can also follow me on Twitter @chesbayweather.