D.C. Forecast: A mostly cloudy, occasionally wet weekend

      This Afternoon:Cloudy & Seasonable Highs: 55-60 Wind: SE 5 mph Tonight:Cloudy, Drizzle & Areas of Fog Lows: 45-52 Wind: E 5 mph Sunday:Mostly Cloudy, Quite Mild, Late Day Rain Highs: 65-68 Rain: 50% Chance

      After a week of wintry mornings, today dawned on a much milder note.{}{}Temperatures were in the 40s, dew points were higher, and last night's rain had moved off to the east.{} That rain was significant, with most areas like Reagan National at 1/4 inch, recording the most{}at any time{}during this{}very dry month.{} There is more rain in the forecast, but likely not until later tomorrow afternoon and evening.{} In the interim, partly to mostly cloudy skies will prevail but so too will milder temperatures.{} While skies are clearing some to the west of DC, stratus clouds could linger around the the immediate metro area and to the east through much of the day.{} Highs today should be in the mid to upper 50s and on Sunday,{}close to 70!{} Areas of fog and drizzle are{}possible tonight as temperatures{}drop only to about 50.

      The warm front that will{}provide us with a somewhat balmy weekend will extend into Monday before a strong cold front brings{}some heavy downpours and chillier air.{} Monday will be a transitional day as the mercury falls from the mid 60s into the lower 50s.{} The return of high pressure, northwesterly winds, and plenty of sunshine on Tuesday will also return us to the icebox, if not the freezer!{} Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday should hover in the 40s with slightly milder, but still colder than normal readings in the lower 50s at week's end.

      NOTE: We continue to lose daylight with the sun setting now before 5 PM.{} The attrition continues until December 22nd, the day of the winter solstice, when{}with{}the sunrise at 7:24 AM and sunset{}at 4:50, we begin to gain daylight, if just 1 second on that turnaround day!{}{}{}