- Wednesday's fab temperatures. Today and Friday's will be much the same.
Could this be the best week so far of 2011? All signs point to heck yeah. What was initially forecasted to be a three-day stay in the hothouse has now stretched into five days, with the atmosphere expected to smile upon D.C. up until at least Friday evening. It’s time to start seriously assessing the clothes you put on each morning for the awkward tan lines they could brand you with. Watches, flip flops are two of the primary offenders.
A visiting area of high pressure will continue to make D.C. feel like a tropical archipelago Thursday, with highs near 75 degrees. The sound of gentle waves lapping the shore as coastal areas mildly flood adds to the impression of being in Gilligan’s Island. Unlike the sodden states bordering the Mississippi River (satellite view), our flooding isn’t due to massive rain and snowmelt in the region. Rather, the winds are conspiring to push the Bay and rivers up into our business, sort of like how if you blow on a mug of coffee it spills over the far side of the mug. A coastal flood advisory is in effect; see the text of the alert if you’re planning on going swimming with the tumorfish and snakeheads in the Potomac.
Friday will be warm, too, perhaps around 77 degrees as an airborne river of moisture begins to pour into the Mid-Atlantic. The soaked atmosphere will become unstable during the weekend, creating a risk of thunderstorms that looks to run all the way to Tuesday. The National Weather Service is warning that some of them could spurt out hail, heavy rain and damaging wind gusts, so keep the (mouse) dial here for the latest updates.