An atmosphere that feels like sucking on an exhaust pipe, unholy garbage stench that seems to emanate from everywhere – these past few days dragged out all the high-explosive annoyances of summer in D.C. What's next?
- The Climate Prediction Center says D.C. is in for above-average temperatures this June. (NOAA)
Only 10 days in, and the summer of 2011 is proving itself quite robust. An atmosphere that feels like sucking on an exhaust pipe, malfunctioning Metro cars turned into pagan sweat lodges, unholy garbage stench that seems to emanate from everywhere – these past few days dragged out all the high-explosive annoyances of summer in D.C. There's even a miniature doldrums occurring on the Chesapeake, where only the occasional gust riffles the water.
The hottest it's ever gotten in the city in June is 102 degrees in 1874. Well, yesterday it was 102 degrees at Reagan National at 2:34 p.m. Hooray! (Not.) The 100-degree temperature at BWI squished the 1933 record of 98 degrees, and the 97-degree high at Dulles crested the 1999 best by one degree. The coldest it got yesterday was 79 degrees right around dawn after a night when the fuzzy-rimmed, malevolent moon presided over 85-percent relative humidity. That's air you could wring out and use to make a scalding cup of tea.
So is it safe to come out yet?
Actually, Friday will be quite bearable in comparison. The District is on the downward slope of a temperature curve; today is expected to only top out in the lower 90s. On Saturday it will be in the 80s. (Seven-day outlook.) The specter of storms hovers as a front that whizzed in from the Ohio Valley is cooling its jets over the city. The unstable atmosphere could shake out rain and thunder anytime from Friday afternoon to Sunday. To stay abreast, keep checking the latest ABC7 forecast.