Afternoon Update: Milder and calmer Monday, but still slightly below average


Our final hours of breeze come to an end Sunday night in the Washington area. The sun rules on Monday, and conditions are almost calm at times, helping our still-below-average temperatures feel noticeably milder than the weekend. A warming trend is looming. Consider seeing the near-peak cherry blossoms as early as Monday if you can manage it!

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Until tonight: Just a few passing clouds. Northwesterly breezes gusting to around 20 mph in the early afternoon can become almost calm by dawn. Low temperatures drop as low as the 20s (10 to 15 degrees below average for this time of year) and the Tidal Basin will likely not stay at or below the damaging threshold of 28 degrees long enough for it to produce flowers.

Enduring Freezing Weather, DC Cherry Blossoms Are One Stage Away From Peak

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Tomorrow is Monday): A warming trend slowly begins, with high temperatures aiming for 50 degrees. Expect wall-to-wall sunshine, continued dry conditions, and nearer-average highs in the low to mid-50s. Southwesterly breezes are barely noticeable at times, so wind chills from those who speak During the night it stays clear and fairly calm, with low temperatures in the upper 20’s and 30’s. Cherry blossoms should be fine.

See Molly Robey’s forecast through mid-week. chat tonight with us in Youtube, Facebookand Twitter in 7:19 p.m.. for Sunday Sunset Live’s weekly Q&A.

Update on our regional rainfall deficit

The National Weather Service is watching our region for wildfires, given the lack of rain, noticeable breezes, and very dry air. This allows any dry wood or grass on the ground to easily serve as fuel for wildfires. How dry have we become? While there is no long-term drought concern, we do have a noticeable rainfall deficit.

On the map above, the areas in lighter yellow would need at least two inches of rain to catch up with what should have fallen from January 1 through Sunday. The darker shades of yellow could support viewing from four to six inches. As the sun rises in the spring sky and is able to evaporate more moisture from the soil, we will be on the lookout for drought issues. Once the growing season officially begins, we’ll also see plants drawing moisture from the topsoil.

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