PM Update: An excellent evening, even warmer on Wednesday. Record highs?

What a day! The D.C. area basked in sunny 80s today with low humidity. The warmth has the cherry blossoms bursting and just about everyone trying to sneak at least a little time outside. If you didn’t get out during the day, this evening should be mostly spectacular as well. Tomorrow we crank up the heat even more in probably the warmest day of this sudden stretch of spring fever.

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Temperatures:Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: If ever there’s been an evening to spend outdoors, this looks to be one of the nicest. Evening temperatures gradually fall into and through the 70s, on their way to overnight lows ranging through the 60s. Just a slight chance of a sprinkle or stray shower.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Tomorrow may actually feel too warm too fast for some folks. Partly to mostly sunny skies and a warm breeze from the southwest send afternoon highs soaring to the mid-80s to near 90. Even the humidity may start to be noticeable, though it’s still a dry heat compared to our typical summer fare. By late afternoon and evening we have a 20-30% chance of a shower or thundershower.

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Record highs on Wednesday?: Dulles Airport will almost surely set a record high tomorrow, only needing to break the record high for the date of 78 in 1992. The record high of 89 (set in 1922) at both National and BWI airports, whose record books go back further than Dulles, may be harder to reach but is still in play.

Dan Stillman is a meteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang. He earned an M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.
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