A return to seasonal temperatures is forecast by Wednesday night, but it turns out it will be short-lived. Highs are expected to bounce back to the 60s by Monday with more above-normal warmth ahead.
Lows should reach the mid-30s for the next two nights, just a few degrees above normal. A daytime high of 45 Thursday would be about five degrees colder than average this time of year.
But by Saturday, highs could reach the upper 50s and break into the 60s by Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office.
Some weather watchers have eyed building Arctic air over Canada and predicted it could make a break toward the south by the middle of the month. But long-term forecasts don't predict that yet.
The Climate Prediction Center in
Both forecasts also predict at least a one in three chance of wetter than normal weather, though given the warmth, it would more than likely be rain, of course.
Still, for the whole month, the center is forecasting equal chances of above- and below-normal temperatures and precipitation.
The average temperature so far this month at