Temperatures more spring-like this week; freeze watch in effect tonight

Local,Naomi Jagoda

After a patch of near-summer temperatures in the Washington area, this week will feel a lot more like spring.

High temperatures are expected to be in the 60s most days this week, according to the National Weather Service. Lows are expected to be in the upper 30s and 40s.

The chilliest weather this week is on tap for tonight, with a low near 35 inside the Beltway and 32 in the western suburbs. Tuesday, the Weather Service expects the high will rebound to about 54 degrees.

The Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for tonight and into Tuesday morning, meaning that freezing temperatures are possible. If temperatures dip below freezing, sensitive vegetation could be killed or damaged, forecasters warned.

Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day this week, with a high near 70. According to the Weather Service, Wednesday should also be the only day this week with a chance of rain and thunderstorms.

How do this week's temperatures compare to the norms for Washington? With the exception of Tuesday, forecasters said the high temperatures should be above normal by at least 1 degree. The normal high for Monday through Saturday ranges from 59 to 61 degrees.

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