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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 07/28/2008

CommuteCast: Warm Temperatures, Low Humidity

By Ian Livingston

Heat and humidity poised for comeback

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Morning clouds that were slow to move out have helped hold temperatures back a few degrees today. Highs are now reaching the mid to upper 80s, while humidity remains comfortable across the area thanks to a continued north wind. Expect mostly clear but hazy skies for the remainder of the day and through the evening.

Tonight: We will see partly cloudy conditions overnight with pleasant temperatures. Readings should drop to the mid 60s in the suburbs and to right around 70 in the city. A light breeze with a northerly component will continue from time to time.

Tomorrow: On Tuesday, we will see winds shift direction and begin to come out of the south. This shift will allow humidity levels to begin creeping up and help temperatures to rise higher than today. Just about everyone should reach 90 or above as skies stay partly to mostly sunny.

See Jason's full forecast through the rest of the week.

By Ian Livingston  | July 28, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Uhm, when will meteorologists learn that temperatures are high or low and weather is warm or cold? You don't say humidity is wet or dry, do you?

Posted by: Semantic Snob | July 28, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"Bombocast" proved more accurate on high temperature today. Altocumulus before sunset. Possibility exists for shower or sprinkle but remains slight.

Tropics continue to quiet down as active July concludes.

Current: 79 F, 29.99, rising.

Checked WGN's weather blog. Remnants of Dolly are recurving through KS and could be headed our way.

Posted by: El Bombo | July 28, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Semantic Snob: Where are warm or cold temperatures referred to in this post? Are you taking issue with "pleasant temperatures"? Also, I'm not sure "cold temperatures" would be wrong in any case. If people understand what you mean (which they do when you say "hot temperatures in the 90s" or "bitter cold temperatures in the teens") I just don't see the problem. Bad communication is only communication people don't understand. Rules like "don't say warm temperatures" seem petty and irrelevant (kind of like don't end your sentence with a preposition). Clear communication is much more important.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | July 28, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Jason, I can't speak for Semantic Snob, but I would imagine that he is referring to the title, "CommuteCast: Warm Temperatures, Low Humidity".

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | July 29, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Q is right -- it's in the title.

Jason, I made the comment half-jokingly -- hence the choice of a self-deprecating name for my post. So don't dig too much into it. That said, I could give you quite a few reasons for sticking to proper terminology and they actually have to do more with science (which is what meteorology is after all) than with linguistics. Obviously, not the right place here.

Now, dangling prepositions are another story as they have to do more with syntax than semantics; although they are very much part of the vernacular, that doesn't make them right (just ask your WaPo editors). So are various other aberrations from proper syntax that many people use (and whose meaning is clear from the context) such as "your" instead of "you're", "should of" instead of "should've" etc. But I'm digressing :))

Posted by: Semantic Snob | July 29, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

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