D.C. Forecast: Milder, sunnier, and breezy make for a balm Sunday

      This Afternoon:{}Partly Sunny, Breezy, & Cool

      Highs: 50-54 | Wind: NW 15-20/G 30 mph

      Tonight: Mostly Clear & Chilly

      Lows: 28-33 | Wind: NW 10-15 mph

      Monday: Sunny & Cool, Not as Windy

      Highs: 45-48 | Wind: NW 5 mph

      Today is{}a{}vast improvement on Saturday.{} With partly sunny skies prevailing, high pressure building in, {}temperatures headed for the low 50s, this Sunday{}is{}a perfect antidote gloomy and exceptionally chilly days of the past week.{} The only factor keeping today from being seasonally balmy is the wind: with gusts from 20 to 30 mph, the wind chill values are in the mid 40s.{}{}

      Today ends{}what has been the longest cold stretch of the winter.{} For 7 of the last 8 days, the average temperature has been below average.{} There has been no{}comparable period during the past three months.{} This recent cold snap has made February anomalous in that{}unlike December and January which respectively were 5 and 4 degrees above average,{}this month{}is almost 2 degrees below.

      Look for more sunshine and lighter winds on Monday, but high temperatures a tad cooler{}than today,{}and then a rather rainy Tuesday with highs in the upper 40s.{} Enjoy your last Sunday of meteorological winter!{} This Friday, March 1st, is the beginning of meteorological spring.