Any way you slice it, today was a hot one with record highs falling across the region. Temperatures near and above 90 are more typical of late spring or summer than early-to-mid April, and I’m sure it’s a little much for some folks! We cool off a bit tomorrow, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for real relief.
Through Tonight: With all this heat and some humidity, plus storms to the north in Pennsylvania, I can’t totally rule out a shower or thunderstorm, but the odds are pretty low (less than 20%). Otherwise, it’s mostly clear to partly cloudy and kind of summerlike through the night as temperatures only drop to the 60s (about 61-67) across most of the region.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Partly to mostly sunny skies continue on our last full day before the storm system to the west begins to impact us. It shouldn’t be quite as hot, but given where we’ve been in the week, I think we won’t have much trouble reaching near 80 to the mid-80s (hopefully not much higher!). There’s a very slight risk of an afternoon shower or t’shower but maybe less likely than today’s low shot. Winds are light from the south.
Central U.S. storm: The storm we talked about yesterday continues east today, as tornado potential erupts across Arkansas up into Illinois as well as places further northeast. Very cold air has surged all the way south into Texas today while we bake here in the Mid-Atlantic. The Weather Channel explores some of the oddities of this spring storm, which has dumped as much as 30″ of snow in parts of South Dakota.
Pollen update: Trees are HIGH today with 535.78 grains per cubic meter of air. Grasses, weeds and mold are all running low.