October was another warm one

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 1, 2010; 10:52 PM

That was an unusually warm month, the one that ended Sunday night. So what else is new?

October was Washington's eighth consecutive month with temperatures well above normal, according to the National Weather Service.

The average temperature of each month, starting with March, has been at least 2.5 degrees above normal, the weather service said Monday evening.

The average October temperature, as measured at Reagan National Airport, was 2.7 degrees above the normal October temperature.

The report was released just before hours of frost and freeze were expected to descend on the Washington area and its suburbs.

The weather service predicted in an advisory that "areas of frost" would be found early Tuesday morning in places inside the Capital Beltway. Temperatures in the early hours could sink into the middle 30s, the weather service said.

For places beyond the beltway, to the north and west, the service issued freeze warnings. Temperatures in Frederick County, Gaithersburg and Leesburg could sink into the 20s, the weather service said.

This would be nothing like October in Washington, a month in which the mercury rose as high as 88 degrees.

The lowest October temperature was 40 degrees, reported at the airport on Saturday. That appeared to be the coldest reading there since March 28, when the mercury dipped to 38.

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