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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 07/ 2/2010

PM Update: 4th of July weekend starts right

By Ian Livingston

Nearing 90 tomorrow before mid-90s+ July 4th & after

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Well, at least we squeezed in one last day with low humidity and comfy temperatures. In a few days we'll undoubtedly be looking back wishing for this weather to return. Delightful afternoon highs near and just above 80 have kept our short-lived "spring wave" (thanks, Camden, for coining the phrase) going, but it's fleeting and will soon be replaced by more of those 90+ days we've already seen so many of.

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Through Tonight: Let the holiday celebrations begin! With a high-pressure center parked nearby, we get one more clear and cool night. Light winds and clear skies lead to good radiational cooling, allowing lows to head for the mid-or-upper 50s in the suburbs to the low-to-mid 60s downtown.

Tomorrow (Saturday): The warm up begins as high pressure slips to the southeast. Light winds from the west/southwest bring us back pretty close to average for this time of year as mostly sunny skies help highs rise into the upper 80s and around 90. Humidity stays rather low, at least for now...

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July 4th weather: Only one 4th of July on record, back in 1919, has seen temperatures crack the century mark, while about 1/3 have seen temperatures top 90 degrees. This year, we have the potential to do something only 16 other Independence Days have done -- reach 95 or higher. Most recent notables in the "scorching 4th" category include 99 in both 2002 and 1999, with the majority of the rest of the top contenders occurring during the early portions of the historical record, which dates back to the late 1800s.

By Ian Livingston  | July 2, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
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This weather has been a wonderful break & it's almost over.
Remind people to water their street trees & any other landscaping that they care about. The next week of high temps will stress them and it is DRY.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | July 2, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

...but DON'T do any watering outside while the WSSC water emergency remains in effect...if you are in the affected area you will stress out the water system & incur a 500.00 fine!

This does not apply in the District and Virginia where there are no problems involving the water mains [unless something unforeseen happens!]

Posted by: Bombo47jea | July 3, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

And remember, the high temperatures can't be blamed on global warming! No single weather event can be blamed on global warming! And even if it is due to global warming, it could be natural: such high temperatures occurred sometimes even before we doubled the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere!

Posted by: chase-truth | July 3, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

This area has some of the worst weather in the nation. Lousy winters and intolerable summers. When I retire, I am gladly outtahere.

Posted by: faygokid | July 3, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Did Bob Ryan bring the Golden Shovel to Channel 7? (Some of us like to think outside the July sweatbox....)

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | July 3, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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