Courtesy of our friends at the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Va, consider how hot it has been at this time the last three years:
HIGH TEMPS: BWI DCA 7/23/11 102 102 7/24/10 101 101 7/24/11 98 97 7/23/10 98 98 7/24/12 91 93
In light of that punishing heat, I think both what’s here (low 80s this afternoon) and coming our way are well-deserved.
Check out the high temperatures for Thursday projected by the GFS model:
Now look at the delightful dew points Thursday morning forecast by the high resolution NAM model:
As a refresher, dew points are the best available indicator of humidity. Dew points from 65-70 are borderline uncomfortable, 70-75 are pretty gross, and when they’re over 75 – see late last week – they’re downright oppressive. By comparison, tomorrow’s 50s are literally a breath of fresh air.
The best part of the current weather pattern: there’s no extreme heat on the radar.
As the NWS in Sterling puts it:
ONE WK TO GO IN JUL AND NO 90+ TEMPS IN SIGHT.