PM Update: Near-record highs today, more warmth tomorrow; Aurora seen by satellite

Temperature Map

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

Today’s temperatures ran about 10 to 15 degrees above normal as our taste of summer in October continues. We were only a degree shy of a record 89 degrees set last in 1986. While a big storm gathers out west, it remains quiet here for the rest of the week. Might want to hit the pool… if you can find one still open!

Through Tonight: Skies are partly to mostly clear through the night, save perhaps for a few spots of patchy fog heading toward dawn. Dew points are up, and that means readings don’t fall below the upper 50s to low 60s most locations. Winds are light from the west.

Tomorrow (Thursday): There might be some patchy fog around early, but otherwise we’ve got another summerlike day ahead. Partly cloudy skies yield temperatures rising to highs in the mid-80s most spots. Winds are light, and shifting to the southeast.

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Band of aurora borealis seen on satellite image last night from northern ND/MN into Quebec. (CIMSS Satellite Blog)

Northern lights: The aurora borealis made a trip into the United States last night. It was reported as far south as Oregon and Nebraska out west to North Carolina in our neck of the woods. The VIIRS sensor on the Suomi NPP satellite caught an awesome view of the main aurora band as well, seen in the image above.

Pollen update: Mold spores are low/moderate. Tree, grass and weed pollens are low.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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