Did you know June 23rd was the last time Reagan National Airport reached the 90 degree mark? Neither did I. It's hard to believe it's been that long as it's still been warm and humid and highs did reach 89 and 88 respectively on June 30th and July 1st.
D.C. already reached the 90 degree mark 19 times this year and that number is expected to increase this week with highs around 90 Tuesday through Thursday, and again Sunday through early next week. Our area typically reaches 90 degrees 36 times per year, though we got off easy in 2014 when we only reached 90 degrees 24 times. We're readily approaching that number.
**On a side note, the hottest time of the year in D.C. is July 7th through the 22nd, when the average high peaks at 89 degrees. With that being said, Reagan National reaching around 90 this week won't exactly be exceptionally warm.
Another number you're probably sick of is that of the area rainfall which was the second highest total on record for June and so far doesn't want to take a break with 2.20" recorded so far in July. The month averages 3.73" so we're already running quite above normal.
- Precipitation forecast for the next 7 days from the WPC
Looking ahead, rain chances look to continue with the best chance this week coming Wednesday. Unfortunately in this pattern we've kept a chance for showers and storms in Wednesday through Tuesday of next week. Don't worry, a washout of a pattern isn't expected as Thursday through Sunday appear mainly dry with only isolated showers in the forecast.
The heaviest rain will be focused over the Central Plains and into the Midwest where numerous Flash Flood Watches are posted for the possibility of 2-6 inches of rain.