Today’s forecast highs in the mid-60s are more typical of mid-April and more than 20 degrees above average (42-44). Will they be record-breaking?
Here are the records at the region’s airports:
Reagan National (DCA): 71 from 1916
Dulles (IAD): 65 from 1993
BWI: 69 from 1947
Dulles stands a very strong chance of at least matching the record. BWI and DCA will be more of a stretch.
Amazingly, tomorrow may be just as warm. With a colder, possibly snowier pattern right around the corner, we have to ask: do you like this unseasonably mild weather? Vote in our poll (wait a few seconds for it to load)...
For some perspective, consider how cold it could be today...
The record lows are:
DCA: -2 from 1905
IAD: -7 from 1965
BWI: 4 from 1966
...and the record lowest high temperatures are:
DCA: 22 from 1936
IAD: 26 from 2004
BWI: 22 from 1948
So it has been 40-45 degrees colder than today for highs in the past ( and note these aren’t actually that cold considering our lowest all-time high temperatures are in the single digits) and about 70 degrees colder when you factor in lows.
The frequency of warm days this winter has been remarkable. As I demonstrated yesterday, we’ve had more than twice as many days in the 60s compared to the 30s since December began.
Let’s conclude with one final poll: How warm do you think it will get at Reagan National Airport today? (again wait a few seconds for poll to load)...