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Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Predict how many 90+ days D.C. gets this summer


The Rodriguez family, of Orlando, Fla., cooled off in a fountain on the Washington Monument grounds as summer heat in the mid-90s sent Washingtonians and visitors alike in search of relief June, 23, 2010. (By Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
Summers in D.C. don’t have a good reputation. Since moving here last fall, warnings from friends seem to have been on a continuous loop: Summers in D.C. are hot. They’re humid. They’re muggy. They’ll make you want to jam a pencil in your ear just to give you something else to think about as sweat drips out of every pore on your body.

The Capital Weather Gang isn’t doing much to inspire confidence that this summer won’t be that bad.

The Post’s weather team relaunched its summertime poll today, asking readers to predict how many 90+ degree days Washington will get this summer.

In the summer of 2010, the high at Reagan National Airport reached 90 or higher 67 times. Yes, 67 , tying the previous record set in 1980.


Post intern Milos Balac challenged the record-setting heat in 2010, testing various items, and himself, to see what — or who — would melt first. Watch the video. (By Anna Uhls/The Washington Post)
Just in case you forgot just how hot it got last summer, watch this video.

Do you think we’ll match last year’s record — or set a new one — this summer? (Please say “No.”) Check out the summer weather outlook for hints and cast your vote over at Capital Weather Gang.

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