From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. forecast Monday: Sahara Desert-like heat soon returns

June 20, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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Nature is unleashing a bodacious cavalcade of hot-weather bugaboos as soon as Tuesday, the beginning of astronomical summer.

A dromedary in the Sahara will be perfectly at home in the District on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Courtest of Flickr user http2007 aka Thierry)

A winter-weather advisory is in effect on Monday for a late-season storm that will bring several inches of heavy, wet snow to elevations above 10,000 feet.

Wait, that's the forecast for Aspen. In D.C., it will be the opposite – quite hot, and possibly thunderous.

An amorphous blob of low pressure sticking around from last night is expected to produce scattered showers around D.C. early in the morning. The rain will taper off when the low eventually lollygags away. But in the afternoon, the umbrellas could come out again as a southwest-moving front pushes a load of warm air into the region, upsetting the atmosphere and creating the threat of thunderstorms. Check the ABC7 forecast for the latest on the storm odds.

Not happy about the wet weather? Well, soon the mid-Atlantic will be praying for precious, cooling rain. With excellent timing, nature is unleashing a bodacious cavalcade of hot-weather bugaboos as soon as Tuesday, the beginning of astronomical summer. A warm front traveling across the city late today will prime the air for record-challenging heat as well as suicidal ideation-inducing humidity. It'll be a fine time to plant a cactus garden or groom a dromedary.

“We're saying the mid-90s at least,” says ABC7 meteorologist Steve Rudin, whose weather-sensitive dog will no doubt be skulking by the air conditioner. Wednesday will be the hotter of the two days, with the mercury creeping up toward the record high at Reagan of 101 degrees.

The record will be tough to beat, but “you never know, we hit 102 this year already,” says Rudin.

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