What to Know
- Average rainfall over Monday and Tuesday could total 1 to 2 inches.
- Cold temperatures will leave with the rain, giving Wednesday a high in the 70s.
- Weekend temperatures could be as high as 90 in downtown D.C.
We've got one more day of cool, rainy weather before a major warming trend begins, Storm Team4 forecasts.
After a cold and rainy start to the week, temperatures are expected to steadily rise starting Wednesday, reaching the high 80s by the weekend.
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Before all that though, Tuesday will be cloudy, cool and wet -- much like Monday -- with periods of moderate rain from mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Temps will stay in the 50s most of the day, with rainfall amounts averaging between 0.5 and 1 inch.
The rain will taper back to showers in the evening and then drizzle overnight.
The skies will begin to clear Wednesday -- but sunshine might not get back into the D.C. area until late afternoon. How early the sun returns will have a big impact on temperatures, but most spots will return to the low 70s.
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Then the real warmup will begin, with unusually high temps coming our way later in the week. Mostly sunny skies Thursday and Friday will get temps back into the mid 80s, and most of the area will be near 90 for the weekend.
But with summer-like weather comes a chance of summer-like afternoon thunderstorms -- especially on Sunday.
This mini heat-wave will end Monday, when a cold front brings rain chances and cooler weather back into the region.
The D.C. area hit record high temperatures this past winter. January's average was 42 degrees, six degrees higher than average, according to the National Weather Service. February's average temperature was 47 degrees, more than eight degrees above average.
Temperatures reached the 70s multiple times in February.