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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 07/26/2010

PM Update: Near average never felt so good

By Ian Livingston

Lighter heat for mid-week, then sustained 80s?

* Thunderstorm clouds at sunset | Baltimore making 100-degree history *
* Outside now? Radar, lightning, temps & more: Weather Wall *

Wow, who knew near-average temperatures (current average: 89/71 at National Airport) would feel so good? Readings in the upper 80s to near 90 this afternoon are combining with drier air to make it a rather pleasant day out there, especially considering what we just went through. The recent heat wave, which at 12 days 90+ became the longest of the year yesterday, is threatening to end as temperatures remain in the 80s this afternoon at National.

Through Tonight: If you've been stuck indoors during all the hot and muggy evenings of late, you might want to take the opportunity to get outside tonight. Evening temperatures falling through the mid-80s should feel pretty nice. Lows reach the mid-60s (maybe even a low 60s somewhere) in the suburbs to around 70 downtown.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): This is our last day of the climatologically hottest period of the year. I'm already dreaming of September and October... Stepping back into the present: Partly sunny skies on Tuesday help temperatures rise to near 90 across the area. We'll watch an area of moisture to our southwest that may send a shower or two at us late, but indications are that we'll stay mostly dry.

See Jason Samenow's forecast through what looks to be a pleasant weekend! And if you haven't already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Sunday's storms: Sometimes it's tough being a D.C. area photographer. First, there area a lot of people with cameras and second, many know how to use them well. During most "events" all one has to do is log on to sites like flickr in the moments afterward to see how it played out. Yesterday was no exception. Flickr users Amberture, philliefan99 and BrianMKA were among many who caught the stormy action. If the storms were not enough to photograph, there was storm damage, and a beautiful sunset (image by ketieharbath).

By Ian Livingston  | July 26, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

Can we confirm whether or not a tornado went throught he area yesterday? I hear some people talking about seeing a funnel cloud during Sunday's event. Can we rule this out?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | July 26, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

This afternoon was nearly perfect weather for a v-e-r-y long wait in line at a certain cupcake place in Georgetown.

But the "frosting" I'm really looking forward to is in October, when the leaves are tinted.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | July 26, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Dougmacintyre, usually NWS survey teams will go out right away and report pretty quickly. I have not heard any reports of confirmed tornado damage, but it's possible one would still pop up. It looks like everything was straight-line winds though so far. I was in a comparatively weaker area of the storm in southern D.C. but it was pretty amazing outside as the outflow boundary hit. We'll have a post tomorrow on the storms, so if anything pops from the NWS up I'm sure it will be in there.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 26, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

In lighter news, anyone looking forward to a less sweaty commute home than all last week? I am!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | July 26, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Storm survey report just out.. excerpt:

IN SUMMARY...ALL DAMAGE SURVEYED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WAS CONSISTENT WITH VERY STRONG THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOW STRAIGHT LINE WIND. WIDESPREAD WINDS OF 60 TO 75 MPH WERE ASSESSED...WITH SPORADIC NARROW FOCUSED SWATHS OF 80 TO 90 MPH WINDS.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 26, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

It is a bit weird to not feel the need to go directly from the bike to the shower after getting home from work! Not complaining.

I heard a rumor that the fall is expected to be warmer than normal - warm into November, even! This sounds lovely to me (I ride year round, but I definitely prefer heat over cold!), but is there anything to that rumor, or is it wishful thinking (for those of us without ice sculpting skills)?

Posted by: debiguity | July 26, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Guess you had to go to Da' Bronx yesterday for the tornado action:

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/local_news/bronx/bronx-tornado-20100726-akd

Today's high at DCA was 88 but with the low humidity it felt more like 87. I guess we don't do wind chill when temps are in the 80s (actually the only gusts hereabouts today were more of a political nature).

Does anyone know where I can find Sunday a.m.'s low temperature?

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | July 26, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Jerry, both the highs and lows are available here: http://www.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KDCA.html Looks like they reached an inter-hour high of 89 at DCA, just one degree shy of a continued heat wave.

Looks like the Sunday AM low was 82 and the Sunday PM low (after the showers) was 75.

Posted by: eric654 | July 26, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

@eric654, thanks so much! This data confirms there were 58 consecutive hours of 80-degree-plus DCA readings, from 5:08 on 7/23 'til the winds starting howling shortly after 3 p.m. on 7/25.

What I still find remarkable is when we had our highest low DCA reading of 84, the max that Saturday was "only" 96 (and there weren't any storms that I recall). It was however, very, very humid. I don't remember the exact year. CWG posted it recently.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | July 26, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

July 16, 1983 was the 84 low. The obs are odd, says drizzle all day...

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 26, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

debiguity - I know exactly what you mean. I too have been used to 2-3 showers per day recently. Strange to just not sweat through clothes so fast ;)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | July 26, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

67F in Ashburn at 0148 hrs...we haven't seen that in quite a while!

Posted by: natsncats | July 27, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

@Ian, thanks for confirming 1983 was the year the 84 degree low temp occured. It definitely was "drizzling" humidity.

I checked the data and there were four consecutive days, July 16-19, 1983, when the minimum DCA temp was at 80 degrees or higher; this weekend didn't come close to breaking that streak.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | July 27, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

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