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Washington, D.C. ties December 3 record high, soars to 70 degrees

At 2:50 p.m., Reagan National Airport’s temperature (the official reading for Washington, D.C.) climbed to 71 degrees, breaking the old record high of 70 set in 1950.

Through 3 p.m., Dulles Airport had hit at least 68, safely below the record 74 set in 1998, while BWI Airport had touched 70, within striking distance of the record of 72 from 1998.

Capital Weather Gang’s Ian Livingston notes this is D.C.’s s first 70 degree day in December since 2008. If we hit 70 again tomorrow, it will be the first instance of back-to-back 70+ days in the month since 2001.

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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