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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/08/2012

D.C. area forecast: Record heat wave goes out with a bang for some

* Heat Advisory 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except far north/west burbs *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Hazy, hot, humid. 60% chance of p.m. storms. 95-100. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, some storms early. Mid-70s. | Tomorrow: Enjoyably cooler. 40% chance of a shower or storm. Mid-80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10


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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Relief is in sight, but first we need to make it through today. After yesterday’s record-breaker, we’re likely to reach 95 or higher once more today, which would extend our 95+ streak to a Spinal Tap-ian 11 days. Before cooler weather can come in and end our torture, at least some of us will likely have to deal with strong to severe storms this afternoon into evening. We’re not expecting another giant derecho, but some storms could bring damaging winds and large hail. Highs settle back into the 80s as we head into the work week with a daily chance of showers and storms.

Today (Sunday): Well, we’re going to start out hot and humid and stay that way for one more day. Starting from near 80 to the low 80s, partly sunny skies should be enough to help highs to around 95-100. Unlike yesterday, though, a cold front brings a 60% chance of storms for the mid-afternoon into evening. Keep a wary eye to the sky as storms that develop may turn strong to severe, with damaging winds and large hail the main threats. We’re probably not talking a derecho, but some storms could be strong enough cause scattered power outages. Confidence: Medium-High








What is the Storm Threat Level?

Tonight: Storm chances stay up around 60% to begin the evening, but the heaviest should move south of our area prior to midnight. Behind the front, temperatures are a bit more tolerable, but still quite warm with lows in the mid-70s under mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Monday): We made it! Cooler weather is here to welcome you back to work. With winds from the northeast and the front just to our south, we should see plenty of clouds - enough to limit highs to the mid-80s. With the front so close, we’ll keep a 40% chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the forecast (best chance south of town). Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Might see a few showers and maybe some fog or mist. Otherwise we’re looking at a mostly cloudy night. What would you say if I told you that lows could dip to the mid-to-upper 60s? Is that something you’d be interested in? I know I would and it’s a decent bet in the suburbs, with downtown closer to 70 or the low 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

The same general setup from Monday sticks around Tuesday and Wednesday. That means partly to mostly cloudy skies with a 40% chance for some showers and thunderstorms, especially in the southern suburbs. Once again the heat is kept at bay with highs probably in the mid-80s. Just a small chance of a shower or storm Tuesday night with lows in the mid-60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium

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