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.

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