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The Three H's: Hazy, Hot and Humid

Matt Ross @ 12:00 AM


A hazy, hot and humid classic DC July day is on tap with very warm and muggy morning conditions continuing throughout the day. Highs will reach the lower 90s. Although the remnants of Dennis will be well to our west, enough moist air may enter the unstable environment to allow a 30% chance of some afternoon showers and thunderstorms as a backdoor front stalls to our North.

Meet Tropical Storm Emily

The National Hurricane Center named their 5th Atlantic storm of the season as TD#5 became Tropical Storm Emily last night. Emily is expected to develop into a Hurricane as it moves WNW over the next few days. A US landfall, if it were to occur, is still almost a week or more away. However stay tuned for further updates about Emily and the possibility of Franklin developing as well.

Ninety-Five Degree Days

In what I consider a remarkable statistic, Washington has had 48 90+ degree days in a row where the temperature has failed to reach 95 degrees. The last time we were able to crack the now seemingly insurmountable 95 degree mark was August 19, 2002 when the mercury hit 98 degrees. That summer we were able to crack the 95 degree barrier an astonishing 23 times including a 95 degree day on April 17th, 2002, the earliest such day on record and tied for April's all time high. Although, I think we have a 20% chance of hitting 95 today, I think it is more likely that we will have number 49 on our hands.

Image Courtesy of Accuweather

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