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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 08/25/2008

PM Update: Heat Today, Gone Tomorrow

By Ian Livingston

September-like conditions return Tuesday

Under variable clouds today, temperatures have risen into the upper 80s and low 90s across the area. This is day 28 of 90 degrees or higher at National Airport, very near our June-August average. For the rest of the afternoon, skies will stay partly to mostly cloudy and there is a slight risk of isolated showers or thunderstorms, though most places will stay dry.

Tonight: Behind the cold front, temperatures will drop to around 60 in the suburbs and into the mid 60s in D.C. Dew points will also come tumbling down on a northerly breeze, so any humidity from today will be a memory by later tonight.

Tomorrow: Tuesday's weather conditions will present another autumn preview, and it will be the first of a few such days. Even under mostly sunny skies, temperatures may only rise into the upper 70s for the northern and western suburbs and to the low 80s elsewhere. A breeze from the northeast will occasionally blow up to 15 mph.

Tropics: A tropical wave in the central Caribbean was classified a tropical depression this morning and has quickly become Tropical Storm Gustav this afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are currently 60 mph and strengthening to a hurricane is likely in the short term. Gustav will need to be monitored as the storm moves closer to the U.S. this week.

See Jason's full forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | August 25, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

"Gustav will need to be monitored as he moves . . ."
Despite the anthropomorphism of the naming convention, as an inanimate object, a tropical cyclone is properly referred to as "it".

CapitalClimate

Posted by: CapitalClimate | August 25, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

For example, from NHC,

FAY COULD REMAIN MEANDERING FOR THE NEXT 3 TO 5 DAYS. ALTHOUGH BY THEN...THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO BE A DEPRESSION OR A REMNANT LOW...IT WILL STILL BE ABLE TO PRODUCE TORRENTIAL RAINS ALONG ITS PATH AND THE EMPHASIS SHOULD CONTINUE ON THESE RAINS.

CapitalClimate

Posted by: CapitalClimate | August 25, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks CapitalClimate, I will be sure to pass off this grammar lesson to Governor Crist in Florida as well.

"We're tired of Fay and glad it looks like she's gone," Crist said. source

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | August 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Some models are hinting at 4-5" of rain Wednesday through Saturday:

http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/p120i00.gif

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | August 25, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

David A. in Stafford: 4-5" of rain sounds like fun. Wonder if that will really play out...

Now, I remember a few months back someone yelled at me for calling one of the storms a "he." Personally, I don't see why everyone makes a big fuss out of it. If they didn't want us calling storms he/she, they should have given them non-gender specific names...

"Tropical Storm Lamp made landfall in Bermuda today..."

"Hurricane Chalkboard grazed the North Carolina coast last evening..."

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | August 25, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

WeatherdudeVA, if we do get all that rain, my sump pump will have a major workout.

They do use non-gender specific names (the Greek alphabet) for hurricanes after they exhaust the list of regular names as they did in 2005.

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | August 25, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

UGHHHHHHHH school starts tomorrow. At least the weather will be awesome.

Posted by: Peter | August 25, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

We need the rain very much. My lawn is so brown (almost white) and sad. *tear

Posted by: jtf | August 25, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Re her/himmicanes:
Check your style handbook for the pathetic fallacy.

CapitalClimate

Posted by: CapitalClimate | August 26, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

so is "mother nature" a she, he, or it?

Posted by: rjm | August 26, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

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