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PM Update: Milder and quieter Monday but still slightly below average


Our final hours of breezes come to an end in the Washington area late Sunday night. The sun reigns supreme on Monday and conditions are almost calm at times, making our still-below-average temperatures feel noticeably milder than over the weekend. There is a warming trend ahead. Consider seeing the near-peak cherry blossoms as early as Monday if you can!

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Until tonight: Just a few passing clouds. A northwesterly breeze with wind gusts around 20 mph in the early evening can become almost calm by sunrise. Low temperatures dip into the 20s (10 to 15 degrees below average for this time of year), with the tidal basin likely not staying at or below the noxious 28-degree threshold long enough for blossom problems.

Continuing freezing weather, DC cherry blossoms are one stage away from peak

look at the current weather at the Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Monday): A warming trend begins slowly, with high temperatures moving toward the low to mid-50s. Expect wall-to-wall sunshine, continued precipitation-free conditions, and closer-to-average highs in the low to mid-50s. there may be no chills involved. The night remains clear and fairly calm, with low temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees. Cherry blossoms should be fine.

Check out Molly Robey’s forecast through midweek. Chat tonight with us on YouTube, FacebookAnd Twitter bee 7:19 pm. for the weekly Sunday Sunset Live Q&A.

Update on our regional rainfall deficit

The National Weather Service is monitoring our region for wildfire concerns given the lack of rain, remarkable winds and very dry air. This allows any dry wood or grass on the ground to easily serve as fuel for wildfires. How dry have we become? While there are no longer-term drought concerns, we do have a notable rainfall deficit.

On the above map, areas in the lighter yellow would need at least two inches of rain to make up for what should have fallen between January 1 and Sunday. Darker shades of yellow could be ten to six inches long. As the sun moves higher in the spring sky and more moisture is able to evaporate from the soil, we keep an eye out for concerns about drought. Once the growing season officially begins, we will also see plants extracting moisture from the topsoil.

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