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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 07/16/2008

CommuteCast: It's a Dry Heat, For Now

By Ian Livingston

More sun and hot temperatures on Thursday

Current D.C. area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click temperatures for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. Refresh page to update.

Another day of mostly sunny skies has unfolded across the area today. Along with abundant sunshine, temperatures have reached around and just over 90 in many locations. We will stay mostly clear heading into and through the evening as temperatures fall back through the 80s.

Tonight: Mostly clear skies continue overnight along with light or calm winds. Lows should once again drop off a good bit from daytime highs as humidity has yet to make its comeback. Expect readings in the low 60s for the suburbs to right around 70 in D.C.

Tomorrow: Thursday will be mostly sunny and hot with high temperatures reaching the low 90s just about everywhere. In addition to sunshine and heat, a southerly wind will return by late in the day, and this should begin to move humidity levels back up across the area.

See Dan's full forecast through the weekend to see how long the heat lasts.

By Ian Livingston  | July 16, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Wow! I'm sick and tired of those folks, including TV mets, who should know better! The correct pronunciation for the next name on the Atlantic tropical storm list is not "Cristo-BALL" but "Cris-TOE-bull".

Why do I know this??? Simple!!! I lived in Panama and the Canal Zone back in the late Sixties when the Panama Canal was under U.S. administration. The town on the Caribbean side of the Canal within the Canal Zone adjoining the Panamanian city of Colon was named Cristobal (next door to the Navy base at Coco Solo, birthplace of GOP Presidential candidate John McCain). In addition the ship used by the Panama Canal Company for regular service between New Orleans and the Isthmus of Panama was named the SS Cristobal. If there are any former "Zonians" out there reading this post, you will remember this. At any rate back in those days anyone posted to the Panama Canal Company had two ways to get down there. You either flew from Miami (on the now-vanished airlines Pan Am, Panagra, or Braniff International) to Tocumen Airport in Panama or you shipped out from New Orleans on the Cristobal. In August, college students from the Canal Zone shipped back on the Cristobal to continue their education in the States. There was a two-year junior college in La Boca on the Pacific side of the Canal Zone. I believe Florida State University now runs the La Boca campus if memory serves me right.

At any rate, when Tropical Storm Cristobal forms, let's get the pronunciation right!

Posted by: El Bombo | July 16, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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