Showers to dampen inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th US President
By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 20, 2017, 3:14:56 AM EST
The 58th Presidential Inauguration will take place on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C., in damp, overcast conditions.
“There could be a couple of dry hours to begin Friday before rain moves in for much of the day,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown.
By the time President Obama and President-elect Trump travel together down Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday morning, temperatures will be in the 40s F with rain in the area.
“This warm air will remain in place for Friday and Saturday, with afternoon high temperatures well above normal,” said Brown.
Despite an average high of 43 F, temperatures are expected to reach near 50 during the afternoon.
“Those in attendance Friday will be able to ditch the heavy winter coats, but rain jackets and umbrellas will be essential,” said Brown.
On-and-off rain will interfere with outdoor events throughout the day, including the oath of office and inaugural address. All are set to take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the West Front of the Capitol building and last through the early afternoon.
Similarly mild and wet weather is in store for the Inaugural parade on Friday afternoon. Waterproof shoes and rain jackets should be donned by any planning to attend, as streets, sidewalks and grassy areas will be wet.
Thereafter, all official inaugural events are scheduled to take place indoors.
However, a gathering predicted to be the largest in American history will also occur in the nation’s capital on Saturday.
The Women's March on Washington is set to begin with a peaceful rally at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the corner of Independence Avenue and Third Street.
“Dry air will move in later Friday night and will provide a dry day Saturday as high pressure builds in temporarily,” said Brown.
Saturday will start foggy and mild.
While clouds are expected to stick around through much of Saturday, warm and dry weather will greet marchers.
“There could even be a peak of sunshine later in the day Saturday,” said Brown.
Heavy weather-resistant clothing will be unnecessary for those in attendance.
Those participating in one of over 600 "Sister Marches" across the country should be sure to check their local forecasts frequently and take precautions to dress appropriately.
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