WASHINGTON — A nice start to the week with 80s on tap by Tuesday.  A cold front approaches Wednesday morning bringing a few showers.  Storms are possible Friday with highs in the 70s.

QUICK FORECAST:
Monday: Partly cloudy, mild. More clouds east. High: 72.
Monday Night: Mainly clear and chilly. Low: 56.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 82.


FORECAST DISCUSSION:

A pleasant start to the week with temps Monday climbing into the upper 60s and low 70s. Partly cloudy skies prevail with more clouds east of DC.

Partly cloudy to mostly clear and chilly overnight with lows in the 40s to mid 50s. If you want to see the peak of the Lyrid Meteor shower Monday night, go outside and look in the northeast sky before moon rise at 11:30 PM. There could be as many as 10 - 20 meteors per hour.

Tuesday will by far be the warmest day of the week. It starts comfortable with a mostly sunny sky in the morning, but a few clouds fade in for the afternoon with temps climbing into the low 80s. 

A cold front approaches Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. There won't be a ton of moisture to work with, but a few showers/storms are possible NW of the metro Tuesday evening, and a few showers in the metro are possible Wednesday morning. Behind that front, temps are back in the low 70s Thursday.

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DETAILED FORECAST:
Monday: Partly cloudy and mild. More clouds east of DC. Highs: 68 - 73. Winds: NNW 10 - 15.
Monday Night: Mostly clear to partly cloudy and chilly. Lows: 48 - 56. Winds: NW 5 - 10.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and warm. Turning partly cloudy with a late shower/storm in western and northern Maryland, but dry in the metro. Highs: 78 - 82. Winds: SW - 10.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK: 
 The next front arrives Wednesday morning with just an isolated shower. Cooler temps remain behind the front for Thursday with more clouds and highs in the lower 70s.  Friday will bring another round of showers and storms with highs in the 70s. 

Wednesday: A few morning showers. Starting Mostly cloudy, but quickly turning partly cloudy into the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the mid 70s. 
Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy and mild with a threat for PM showers or t-storms west. Highs in the low 70s.
Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy with showers and a few storms, especially in the morning through mid-day. Highs in the low to mid 70s.

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