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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Consecutive record warm mornings

By Jason Samenow

* Weather channel: Weather still comes first | Full Forecast *

It's been really warm the last several days and even warmer than probably apparent to most of us. That's because the remarkable temperatures have occurred at night rather than during the day.

Afternoon highs in the 70s - though mild - have been nothing out of the ordinary; record highs are in the 80s. But the tropical flow ahead of the giant Midwest storm has flexed its muscles after dark holding nocturnal temperatures at historically warm levels.

The low Tuesday morning at Reagan National was only 63 degrees, tying the record high minimum from 1971. On Wednesday (yesterday), the low was a balmy 68 besting the record high low of 66 in both 1920 and 1977. reports Baltimore also set consecutive record high low temps Tuesday and Wednesday.

Your heating bill says thank you.

By Jason Samenow  | October 28, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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And we continue to amass Cooling Degree Days (soon to be over 2,130, and closing in Meridian, MS's annual average), while Heating Degree Days already show a big deficit.

The predicted cooler temps (if they ever get here) and next week's much-needed rain (DCA is still 2+" short) will help redress this.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 28, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Our heating bill says thank you, but the cooling bill doesn't.

Mid to upper 60s at night alongside disgusting humidity meant a return to the midsummer hum of air conditioners in my neighborhood.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | October 28, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Tuesday had 4 heating degree days downtown, and yesterday was 7 cooling degree days. The energy usage is pretty minimal near the zero mark (when averaging in the two days)! Happily I have not had to yet turn on heat this year, and A/C only once in the last two weeks. meteorolinguist, it stinks you had to turn on the A/C, but I understand.. with how humid it has been. 71 degree dewpoint on Tuesday night! eesh.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse


Really? I didn't bother turning the A/C back on. With highs only in the 70s and little sun, house stayed cool enough that fan provided sufficient comfort at night.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Re: this year's warm weather, Mother Nature should be penalized at least 15 yards for piling it on.

Camden mentioned last week about having to acclimate. If it does turn really chilly in the next few weeks (dream on...), gonna' be rough for folks.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | October 28, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I flipped on the AC last night for a bit, mainly to try to combat the humidity... but I left a window open all day so that could be the reason it got humid.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It is so over now.
You will think fondly back on these muggy days in a week or 3 when we're scraping frost & the wind chilled air bites the skin with frigid teeth.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | October 28, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What's worse...the humidity the past two mornings has been TOO DARNED's nearly November and so soggy that nothing dries out!

Now the first gusts of fall are beginning to come in...and still no sign my condo is firing up the furnace!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 29, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

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