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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 07/16/2009

PM Update: Finally Hot and Muggy, For Now

By Ian Livingston

Cloudier, still quite warm Friday; Thunderstorms late?

* Flight Safety Plan Hearing | Wind Farms and Weather*

In what has been a relatively cool summer so far, today is one of the hottest or the hottest day of the season for many, and humid too. Plenty of sunshine has led to temperatures rising up to and past 90 in most locations. For those keeping track, it's day 4 of 90+ at National since June 1, and day 5 this year (we hit 92 on April 26). Outside an isolated shower or thunderstorm, things look quiet through evening.

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Through Tonight: This evening will be partly cloudy and muggy with the risk of an isolated shower or thunderstorm through sundown as temperatures settle through the 80s. The rest of the night should continue partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s in the cooler suburbs to the mid-70s downtown.

Tomorrow (Friday): Another muggy July day tomorrow with some thunderstorms possible in the afternoon and evening. There should be a good bit more clouds around compared to today, so highs will likely only rise to the upper 80s or near 90. Any storms that form could be strong, with the highest odds of severe weather to the south and east.

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Winter 2009-2010: If you're ready for winter, Accuweather's Joe Bastardi has got something for you to look at. He believes this winter currently looks similar to that of 2002-2003, one which dumped copious amounts of snow in the Northeast Corridor. Unlike the last two winters, he thinks the primary storm track will be right up the coast giving us more chances for snow. What about the rest of summer? Not terribly hot, but plenty humid, according to Bastardi. Read more.

By Ian Livingston  | July 16, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Weather guys - please give this Autumn lover something to hold out hope for that my season is approaching...anything to give me joy and hope...anything to endure this nasty summer day.

Posted by: authorofpoetry | July 16, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

While the NE may have a snowy winter, NY & pts N, I expect this winter 2 have above av. temps & - av snowfall. Looking at temps 1.5-3 above & less than 6" of snow. El Nino winters in this area r generally mild & rainy. This was my prediction in early March & I'm sticking with it. I luv cold & snow, but this lloks like another non winter 4 us.

Posted by: VaTechBob | July 16, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

How accurate are winter forecasts delivered in July?

Posted by: Murre | July 16, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"up to and past 90"
Actual highs:
National 96
Dulles 95
BWI 94

Posted by: CapitalClimate | July 16, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

It would seem with a change in direction of the wind we are benefiting from lower dew points. I'm guessing that the upper low trough axis has moved to the east of us and we are now getting winds out of the WNW. I could be wrong. But 93 degrees with a steady breeze, although warm, does not feel too bad right now.

Posted by: pjdunn1 | July 16, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Folks, we are in need of some much needed rain!! Its pretty much bone dry now.

Posted by: RWJ1990 | July 16, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse


My goodness!!!!!

Your comments are difficult to believe!

It seems like only yesterday that many were bemoaning the scourge of too much rain and some, very prominent on this site were saying that we didn't need any more rain until Labor Day!

By the way, Thanks For Your WISDOM!!!!!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | July 16, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

ugh... dew points have roared back to near 70 this evening

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | July 16, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@AugustaJim & RWJ1990:

WE DON'T NEED MORE RAIN...nor this evening lightning when I'm trying to get out to my dances...things are BAD ENOUGH with Metro GM John Catoe making me spend too much time stranded @ Friendship Heights & Gallery Place waiting for the train back home to Virginia.

Sure, lawns are getting a bit dry, but there's enough ground water this year to permit lawn watering. As Va Tech Bob pointed out, we'll probably have another rainy & disappointing El Nino winter. BTW last winter we had the cold air; we just couldn't get in the moisture at the right time.

Dewpoints have been dropping this evening.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | July 17, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Great, combined with El Nino and what Bastardi said (like with the Post's print edition weather page, I know what WON'T happen), it's going to be a repeat of the 2007-2008 winter. Time to set sights on 2010-2011.

Posted by: MaltyCharacter | July 17, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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