PM Update: Unbeatable summer weather continues into Friday

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

Hard to believe it’s July, and typically our hottest days of the year, when temperatures struggled to reach 80. We clocked another beautiful, low-humidity day on Thursday, and Friday is expected to be similar. The heat and humidity will start its gradual return over the weekend, but won’t really get its legs back until next week.

Through Tonight:  Have a meal outdoors or take the kids to the park to enjoy another unbeatable evening as high pressure continues to dominate.  Skies will be mostly clear, with a northwest breeze around 5 mph.  Expect lows in the city in the low 60s; upper 50s in the cooler suburbs.

Tomorrow (Friday): Similar to today, with dew points remaining low in the mid-50s. We’re looking at highs in the low-to-mid 80s across the region, under mostly sunny skies. Winds will be light, around 5 mph, out of the north.

Pollen: Tree/grass/weed counts are LOW, and mold spore counts are MODERATE.

See David Streit’s forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter . For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.


Approach to BWI coming in over Baltimore Harbor. (wolfpackWX via Flicker)

 

Stunning tornado video: On Wednesday, folks over at TVNweather.com posted some visually stunning video of this massive tornado that storm chasers Dick McGowan and Shalyn Phillips caught on June 17. The video captures the Coleridge, Neb. storm as it begins to drop a dark, wedge tornado.  Halfway through the video you can see just how quickly the winds are swirling on the left side of the huge storm, as it churns against the ground. The video is sped up toward the end and you can see the mesocyclone spinning in the dramatic wide-angle lens view.

Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist and The Post's deputy weather editor.
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