Uncle. That was my first thought every time I stepped outside today. Even if you don’t mind summer, days like these are a bit much. The high temperature of 97 in D.C. ties yesterday for the hottest day of the year so far. The maximum heat index around 108 is as high as we’ve seen. Fortunately, the showers and storms in the area signal a weakening of the current onslaught of summer. Given that it is midsummer, victories might be small but they are still nice to have.
Through Tonight: The bigger storms of late afternoon continue to move away, but we see some scattered rain behind it lasting a while. Just remember: If you hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning — it can linger well behind the big stuff. An additional isolated to widely scattered shower or storm is possible until the front passes a little later tonight. Otherwise, the rest of the night features skies trending back clearer. This isn’t a strong push of cooler air by any means, and it lags the first thunderstorm line a good bit. So it’s a muggy one, with lows ranging from about 70 to 75. Winds are out of the north and northwest around 5 to 10 mph.
View the current conditions at The Washington Post.
Tomorrow (Saturday): There’s some relief compared with recent days, but it is July. A northerly wind around 5 to 10 mph transports slightly drier and cooler air into the area. Under partly to mostly sunny skies, highs are within a few degrees of 90 most spots.
Sunday: Our cooler and drier air mass hits peak around here. Coming off morning lows in the 60s to near 70, humidity is generally tolerable and skies are quite sunny. It’s still summer, though, as afternoon readings top out in the mid-80s to near 90. Winds flip around to the south during the day, blowing rather lightly as they do.
Pollen update: Mold spores are low/moderate. The other main allergens are low.
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