President-elect Barack Obama walks onto the stage during the " We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Brisk and chilly but dry weather will greet the crowds that descend upon Washington, D.C., Tuesday for the 56th Presidential Inauguration. The temperatures on Inauguration Day will remain cool, but nowhere near the bitterly cold readings that gripped much of the East last week.
As an estimated 1 to 2 million people converge in the nation`s capital, a weak ridge of high pressure will build overhead, bringing partly cloudy skies and dry conditions.
Northwesterly winds blowing from southern Canada, however, will keep the air chilly with temperatures around the noon-time Inauguration Ceremony in the upper 20s. Temperatures will rise slightly for the Inauguration Parade later in the afternoon, topping out around 32 degrees.
The normal high temperature on January 20 is in the mid-40s and midday temperatures average a cold, but not frigid 37 degrees. Check WeatherBug for the latest forecast heading up to the day of the ceremony. Click on the links to the right for Live WeatherBug Tracking Station information from around the greater Washington area.