PM Update: Quite Warm and Still Quiet
A little cooler Thursday, some showers or storms late?
Lots of sun today was joined with moderate levels of humidity to create a rather hot one for late August. Temperatures have risen to near and above 90 in many spots, and this is possibly our final 90+ day of meteorological summer for National Airport, the 20th such occurrence there since June 1, and significantly below the June-through-August average of 31. Partly cloudy skies and warm conditions last into evening.
Through Tonight: Skies stay partly to mostly clear this evening with temperatures falling through the low-or-mid 80s around sunset. Overnight lows settle around the mid-60s in the suburbs to near 70 downtown.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Most of the day should be partly cloudy and warm as a cold front drifts toward us. Highs should rise to the mid-and-upper 80s. Though much of the day will be dry, isolated storms are possible starting late afternoon and rain chances may increase overnight.
Venezuelan Thunderstorm: A video has been making the rounds this week of a thunderstorm complex that forms very regularly over the Catatumbo River in Venezuela. Termed by some as a "continuous" lightning storm, the area sees storms set up during 140-160 nights a year, and they last for about 10 hours each night. See the video, and check out the Wikipedia page.
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