It simply doesn’t get much finer than today in the middle of July. How can you top mid-80s, low humidity, and a light, cooling breeze from the north? You might not be able to top that combo, but you can match it (or come close), and that’s what we do tomorrow. Enjoy, before heat and humidity return next week.
Through Tonight: Skies are clear, perfect for viewing the full “thunder moon” David mentioned earlier. Evening 70s gradually transition to 60s late at night (just upper 60s downtown), with even some upper 50s in cool spots like Frederick and Leesburg.
Tomorrow (Friday): The work week ends in style, with crystal blue skies and reasonable humidity levels. The lack of much of a breeze makes it slightly less scrumptious than today but I’m not anticipating many complaints. Highs reach the mid-80s... with a few upper 80s not out of the question.
Pollen update: From Walter Reed: “Grass pollen is LOW (NAB range) at 3.51 gr/cubic meter which is more MODERATE for our local area counts. Tree pollen is LOW at 0.64 gr/cubic meter and weed pollen is LOW at 2.56 gr/cubic meter. Mold spores are MODERATE at 7949.4 spores/cubic meter.”
Some stunning heat records: I tweeted these out already, but they’re worth posting here: 1) On Tuesday, Richmond, Va. set its all-time record high minimum temperature, dropping to only 81 degrees. It was the first time Richmond has not dropped below 80, and records have been kept since 1897. 2) Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina recorded a heat index of 124 on Wednesday, the highest in state history.
Denver hailstorm: A storm producing golf-ball-sized hail for 15 minutes stranded 1,000 people overnight in Denver Wednesday, including the Wisconsin governor. Several planes were damaged.