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Hot weather lurks for Washington, D.C. next week


Bermuda high is forecast to develop mid-to-late next week circulating hot air over the mid-Atlantic. (StormVistaWxModels.com)

Next week, slowly but surely, a classic “Bermuda high” pattern will evolve. What happens is simple: as high pressure drifts from the East Coast over the Atlantic towards Bermuda, the clockwise circulation around it acts like a heat pump, channeling oppresively moist tropical air up the East Coast.


Maximum heat index forecast for the mid-Atlantic next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center

NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) predicts the maximum heat index - what it feels like combining the heat and humidity - will ascend as such:

Monday: 82

Tuesday: 87

Wednesday: 93

Thursday: 96

By Thursday, the heat index has a 20 percent chance of exceeding 100 HPC says.

These temperatures are not record-breaking and lower than peak levels reached last June, but could be the hottest of 2012 to date.

Enjoy the weekend before the sultriness seeps in.

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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