What is the weather like right now in Washington D.C.?

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McLean Robbins

Washington, D.C. is a lucky city when it comes to weather — most of the time. More moderate than New York City or Philadelphia but less hot and humid than many southern capitals.

The temperature is typically mild in May, September and even October, with highs in the mid to upper 70s. November through March can be cold, with temperatures anywhere from the mid 50s to high 30s. Late March through mid May is often in the 60s and 70s.

The city does get some snow each year, but less so than its northern counterparts. Most snowfalls are no more than an inch or two. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures often in the low to high 90s.

In March 2013, the weather is in the 50s and 60s, with a fair amount of clouds and rain, which should give way to warmer temperatures and sun in April, although April is often one of the city’s rainier months.

Mary Beth Albright

Summer can be tough in DC but so far we've had a mild summer with temperatures rarely above the high 80s. It's been a bit like a jungle, too, with light rain every afternoon. The best advice is, grab a bottle of wine and some bread and cheese and head out for a picnic -- as long as it's before 3 pm. August is usually the hottest month so there's still time for things to get hot and steamy, as it normally is. 

For now, bring a light sweater (not a jacket — could be too heavy and even the chicest jacket becomes an annoying burden when lugged all around town) and keep your fingers crossed that we don't reach the 100s, as we have most summers. 

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