Forecast: April heat wave still in high gear
Chance of t-storms late-Thurs., then much cooler
Today: Mostly sunny & very warm. Upper 80s to near 90. | Tonight: Mostly clear & mild. 60s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Increasing chance of p.m. showers/storms. Mid-80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
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My goodness, was yesterday a warm one or what? Dulles's high of 93 not only set a record for the day, but tied for the airport's warmest April day on record. And National's high of 90 fell just 2 degrees short of tying the record for the day. The unusual warmth hangs around through tomorrow, before a cold front passing through tomorrow night ushers in much cooler, but overall still pleasant, weather for Friday and the weekend. The only chance of disruptive weather over the next several days comes later tomorrow into tomorrow night.
Today (Wednesday): It'll feel about as summery as an April day can. Morning temperatures start out mostly in the mild 60s (where daytime highs ought to be this time of year) and rocket up to the upper 80s to near 90 under mostly sunny skies. You may notice a hint of humidity in the air, but that should be balanced by a refreshing 10-20 mph breeze from the southwest. Confidence: High
For reference, today's record highs are 94 at National (1929), 84 at Dulles (1991), and 93 at BWI (1929).
Tonight: A summery evening with temperatures falling through the 80s and into the 70s. Overnight, lows only drop to the 60s as skies stay mostly clear. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend....
Tomorrow (Thursday): Tomorrow brings the final day of this impressive April heat wave. Partly sunny skies and breezes around 15-25 mph from the south should lift highs to around the mid-80s. A cold front arriving from the west could spark some late-afternoon showers and thunderstorms (about a 40% chance) mainly after 4 p.m. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: The chance of showers and thunderstorms increases to around 70% for the evening and overnight as the cold front closes in and passes through. Overnight lows drop back to the 50s with mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium
Maybe a lingering early-morning shower on Friday. Otherwise, it's a breezy and sharply cooler day with clearing skies and highs in the upper 50s to low 60s -- that's a few degrees below average, for a change. Continued breezy Friday night with lows in the upper 30s to mid-40s. Confidence: Medium-High
OK... so this past weekend's highs in the beautiful 70s are history and the blossoms are fading fast. Still, the weather this coming weekend, albeit cooler, is nothing to sneeze at (unless you're an allergy sufferer, of course). We're looking for partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 50s to mid-60s on Saturday, and closer to 70 come Sunday. Confidence: Medium
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