PM Update: Preparing to Turn Up the Heat
Hot on Thursday and into the weekend
Much like yesterday, we've had a warm and quiet day with a few fair-weather cumulus clouds floating by overhead. Though many places saw temperatures at or above normal for the first time in a few days, it's not too bad thanks to relatively mild levels of humidity. Tranquil weather will persist through the evening as temperatures begin to fall off daytime highs mainly in the mid-to-upper 80s.
Through Tonight: After a warm but pleasant evening, most spots should dip below 80 around sunset and then cool to lows in the mid-60s for the suburbs to near 70 downtown. Partly cloudy skies early will trend mostly clear as the night wears on.
Tomorrow (Thursday): One of the hottest days we've seen so far this year is on its way. Expect mostly sunny skies and temperatures rising up to between 90 and the low 90s most locations. Welcome to summer, grab some water and sunscreen!
Scientists Endorse Climate Action: As legislative debate on far-reaching climate change legislation ramps up this week, nearly two dozen prominent scientists and experts issued an unusual endorsement of pending legislation. In a letter released by the nonprofit advocacy group 1Sky, 20 scientists and experts endorsed the legislation offered by Democratic Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Edward J. Markey. The bill would establish a "cap and trade" program to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
"It is essential that the Waxman-Markey bill, strengthened wherever possible and certainly not weakened, advance into law rapidly," the letter states. "It is also essential that it become the basis for a serious, continuing, and urgent effort on the part of the President to lead the American public into recognition of the scale of the climatic disruption so that the U.S. will embrace still stronger policies to do what we know from scientific investigation is necessary to prevent disastrous climatic alteration." -Andrew Freedman
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