Thursday was about the closest D.C.-goers could get to experiencing the life of a link of sausage in a hot Natchitoches gumbo. (Unless you've actually been in some boiling gumbo, in which case you'd probably argue the experience is a little different.) Temperatures at Reagan National pinged off the 92-degree mark – 14 degrees hotter than average – and humidity kept an open faucet of perspiration pouring off of area foreheads. Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and... wait, no it doesn't. Summer doesn't come until June 1. We're just being prewarmed.
Why even go to work today? Friday presents pretty decent beach weather, and it gets better as the long weekend progresses. (Current forecast, and meteorologist Alex Liggitt's guide to current beach conditions can be found here.) The D.C. region is getting fanned by subtropical air from an area of high pressure in the Atlantic Ocean, establishing a warm, hazy air mass over the city.
Unfortunately, an east-moving front will cut into this mass Friday and spark the possibility of showers and thunderstorms. ABC7's Bob Ryan gives a 50 percent chance of rain during the afternoon or evening. The heat might not be as detrimental to your life force, because a layer of clouds is expected to beat away some of the sunshine. But high temperatures will still be just under 90. They'll climb in the coming days to perhaps reach a peak in the mid to low 90s on Tuesday, a great range for hand print, hat-band and other embarrassing suntans.
The odds of severe weather substantially drop on Saturday through at least Tuesday, which is good, because nobody likes their beach ball getting shredded by lightning. If your dream is to look eerily bronzed like Pauly D, now is the weekend to obtain that goal, naturally.