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PM Update: Record heat today cools back down to just warm on Thursday

It’s about as toasty it gets this time of year out there today, with highs reaching the 80s across most of the area. In fact, D.C. tied a record high of 84 last set in 2001. While most eyes remain on Sandy for concerns into the weekend and next week, things remain very tranquil and pretty mild around here for the next few days.

Through Tonight: A weak cold front passes through the area, and may bring with it some temporarily increased clouds. But, otherwise no real weather of note. Lows should end up ranging from near 50 in the cooler spots to nearer 60 downtown.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Temperatures are noticeably lower, but it’s still warm for late October. Skies are partly cloudy and winds are light from the east. Another good day to spend some time outdoors!

See Dan Stillman’s 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.

Western storm system: Skies are finally clearing out on the West Coast as an upper-level trough, scheduled to eventually interact with Sandy to bring a hurricane threat to the East Coast, trickles east. Sierra Nevada peaks picked up as much as two feet of snow, with Squaw Valley Resort opening for a one-day special tomorrow. The storminess also caused a number of tornadoes in California, a relatively high amount for one day there.

Pollen update: Grass, trees and weed pollen are all low.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.

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