In Washington area, August heat held in check

August ended on Saturday, many schools have already opened, and Monday is Labor Day. Although Saturday was one of this season’s warmer days, summer is about over.

The day’s top temperature at Reagan National Airport was 92, one of the month’s four highest readings. Although the day’s average temperature was seven degrees above normal, a lack of true torridness kept August’s average temperature below normal.

The entire season was not particularly hot. The average for June, July and August was above normal, but only by a little more than a half-degree.

Clouds often kept the heat in check this month. But they yielded little rain. The month’s total was about an inch and a third.

Washington reported no rain Saturday, but in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia football stadium was evacuated as a lightning storm suspended play for two hours and nine minutes.

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