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PM Update: The key is in the car

A front stalled just far enough south to keep most of the rain away from the metro region (except southern Maryland), but not the heat. We tacked on another 90+ day, our 8th straight and 14th in the last 16 days. And yet another is on the way Wednesday, despite plenty of clouds and a slight late day storm chance.

Through Tonight: An isolated thundershower is possible (with the best chance in southern Maryland) this evening (10-30 percent chance northwest to southeast). Otherwise, it remains partly to mostly cloudy and mild. Overnight lows range from the mid-70s downtown to the upper 60s in the cooler suburbs.

Wednesday: More sunshine than today, but clouds remain around and about. With a light wind from the southwest, humidity holds in the moderate to high range as temperatures climb into the low 90s (and maybe a few mid-90s). Isolated, slow-moving thunderstorms are possible late in the afternoon and into the evening (20 percent chance).

See Matt Rogers’ forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Pollen: Trees are LOW. Grasses are MODERATE-HIGH. Weeds are LOW-MODERATE. Mold is HIGH.

Record heat in U.S.: Through August 5, more than 27,000 record highs had been broken or tied this year in the U.S. That’s more than the 26,674 records set or tied in 2011 in its entirety. Read more about these staggering heat statistics at Climate Central and at Weather.com

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