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PM Update: Some showers and storms ahead of strong Thursday cold front

A vibrant start to the day in Old Town Alexandria. (Lee M../Flickr)

We’re closing in on the final toasty moments of the year. Today’s highs in the mid- and upper 80s are nearly 10 degrees above normal as fall takes hold. It’s certainly not out of the question that this is as warm as it gets until next spring. We’ll stay mild ahead of a cold front that passes the area Thursday. After that, it will definitely feel the part of the new season.

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Through tonight: Clouds will increase this evening and into the night. There’s a small chance that a few showers or storms will work in late at night, but they should fall apart on approach to the area, so don’t bet on it. Low temperatures will be mainly in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

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Tomorrow (Thursday): A couple of showers and storms could be around during the morning and into early afternoon. One or two could be strong and any activity could dump locally heavy rain. High temperatures near 80 or perhaps as high as the mid-80s will come on the early side given a frontal passage in the midday to afternoon. Winds will turn feisty behind the front, blowing from the northwest around 10 to 20 mph, with some gusts in the 30-to-40-mph range. Temperatures will fall off before sunset on those winds.

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Pollen update: Mold spores are moderate/high. Weed and tree pollen are both low/moderate. Grass pollen is low.

New England Hurricane: It’s been 84 years since the strongest hurricane to strike New England made landfall. The “Long Island Express” in 1938 picked up that name because it raced north as fast as 60 mph on its way to shore on Sept. 21. Many trees were blown down, 50,000 structures damaged or destroyed, and more than 600 people lost their lives.

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