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April-like today: How warm will we go and do you like it?

Today’s forecast high temperatures from the National Weather Service

Here are the records at the region’s airports:

Reagan National (DCA): 71 from 1916
Dulles (IAD): 65 from 1993
BWI: 69 from 1947

Dulles stands a very strong chance of at least matching the record. BWI and DCA will be more of a stretch.

Amazingly, tomorrow may be just as warm. With a colder, possibly snowier pattern right around the corner, we have to ask: do you like this unseasonably mild weather? Vote in our poll (wait a few seconds for it to load)...

For some perspective, consider how cold it could be today...

The record lows are:

DCA: -2 from 1905
IAD: -7 from 1965
BWI: 4 from 1966

...and the record lowest high temperatures are:

DCA: 22 from 1936
IAD: 26 from 2004
BWI: 22 from 1948

So it has been 40-45 degrees colder than today for highs in the past ( and note these aren’t actually that cold considering our lowest all-time high temperatures are in the single digits) and about 70 degrees colder when you factor in lows.

The frequency of warm days this winter has been remarkable. As I demonstrated yesterday, we’ve had more than twice as many days in the 60s compared to the 30s since December began.

Let’s conclude with one final poll: How warm do you think it will get at Reagan National Airport today? (again wait a few seconds for poll to load)...

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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