From the ABC 7 Weather team

Temperature in D.C. Wednesday: potentially stormy mid-90s heat

June 1, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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The District remains locked in the grips of a high-pressure zone that is slamming the region with shimmering waves of heat, making locals as shiny as wet seals and wilting Chop’t salads into toxic green lumps.

The temperature forecast for Wednesday looks like a boiled lobster, which is what you might feel like after a few hours outdoors. (National Weather Service)

Welcome to Wednesday, the first day of meteorological summer and basically another Tuesday. The District remains locked in the grips of a high-pressure zone that is slamming the region with shimmering waves of heat, making locals as shiny as sea lions and wilting Chop’t salads into toxic green lumps. A heat advisory from the National Weather Service lasts until 8 p.m. and warns of heat-index temperatures that will feel as skin-peeling as 105 degrees. Here's hoping that Pepco has the power back on after huffing-and-puffing A/C units slammed it into oblivion yesterday.

Today could witness a thunderous heat, as a laughably tepid “cold” front slices through the atmosphere this afternoon and sets the stage for rain. The front is expected to widely destabilize the air from Virginia to New England in the early afternoon. There is a slight risk that any storms that do pop up could be severe, with jumbo-sized hail and breakneck gusts. For potential timing and Doppler radar, mosey on over to ABC7’s main weather page.

If the rain deities smile upon D.C., you might want to go outside after and roll around in a few puddles, because any respite the precipitation brings will quickly be erased by more gasp-inducing heat. The 1991 record high of 94 degrees at Dulles was tied yesterday at 3:26 p.m. – is it possible the airport’s record of 93 degrees in 1989 will be snapped today?

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