D.C. Forecast: A partly sunny & mild start to meteorological winter

This Afternoon: AM Clouds, PM Partly Sunny, Mild

Highs: 51-55 | Wind: NE 3-5 mph

Tonight: Partly Cloudy & Cool

Lows: 35-41 | Wind: SE 5 mph

Sunday: Partly Sunny & Warmer

Highs: 58-62 | Wind: S 5-10 mph

It's a mild start to meteorological winter with fog and a{ }few clouds expected to yield mostly sunny skies on this Dec. 1.{ } The fog is thickest this morning around the Bay and the Tidal Potomac with visibilities of just 0.1 miles in Lexington Park and 2.0 miles at Reagan{ }National. { }High temperatures today should be similar to yesterday's 54 degree reading, but even warmer numbers are likely for the next three days.{ } With this morning's backdoor cold front in retreat throughout the day as{ }a warm front, the coast will be clear for a southerly flow of milder, moist air to move into the Washington area.{ } The higher dew points are noticeable this morning and will be a big factor over the next few days as nighttime lows drop only into the mid to upper 40s.{ } Daytime highs are likely to be in the mid 60s both Monday and Tuesday.{ } There are two chances for showers in the short term as two cold fronts could{ }bring rain in the overnight hours on Sunday and Tuesday.{ } The frontal passage late Tuesday will bring cooler air back to the area as daytime highs Wednesday through Friday will dip into the upper 40s and low 50s.

NOTE: Nov. 2012 goes into the record books as the only month this year that was colder than average.{ } It was a full three degrees below the seasonal norm, making for the greatest departure from a monthly average since way back in Dec. 2010 when the average was five degrees lower.{ } Enjoy this mild start to the chilliest of seasons!