From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. forecast Wednesday: 80 degrees and climbing (but then rain)

April 20, 2011 - 04:28 AM
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On Wednesday, hot southern air will keep the D.C. region cooking into the mid-80s. Late afternoon thunderstorms could ruin the party.

The temperature forecast says 80-plus Wednesday. (NWS)

Sausages, burgers, asparagus and chicory coffee: Today's weather will be fine for some morning grillin'. By afternoon, cook-out conditions could become miserable as a storm passes through.

After providing a nicely sweated Tuesday, seasoned with aromas of lawn fertilizer and charcoal-lighting fluid, nature will crank up the heat and sizzle the bejeezus out of Wednesday. A stubborn weather front that has turned the sky the color of a sick whale has vamoosed, leaving D.C. with brighter hues in the morning. Winds from the south are pushing in and keeping cool air away. With the region filling with energetic molecules irradiated into a tizzy by the sun, temperatures could climb into the mid-80s.

But a cold front barging in toward the late afternoon or evening will make for an uncomfortable moment. This is one mean front. The storm system it's associated with already postponed an Elton John concert in La Crosse, Wisc., leaving ticket holders longing for a musician in a duck costume who sings about rocket-propelled men. Parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota were prepped for 4 to 9 inches of snow yesterday, and accidents on slushy roads have been reported in Iowa. When it gets to the East Coast, the cold front will clash with the warm atmosphere and spread havoc.

Whether D.C. will see a dash or a bucketful of storminess is the question. As of last night, ABC7's Bob Ryan was predicting a 30 percent chance of severe thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon. Either way, it's probably best to pack an umbrella and check the forecast around noon.

P.S.: That flooding at Washington Harbour in Georgetown? Might have been a human boo-boo.

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