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!