From the ABC 7 Weather team

Monday forecast: Hot, nasty, wretched weather this week in D.C.

July 18, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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This week will probably be the worst hot weather of summer 2011.

A pork cracklin' will have nothing on your exposed skin this week in D.C. (Photo courtesy of Jack W. Reid)

This weekend marked the average time of the year in D.C. when the heat hits the highest registers. It wasn't so hot. But just give it a couple days.

"People who think or actually have a hot body and dress skimpy all the time will actually look cool by the end of the week," forebodes ABC7 meteorologist Steve Rudin. So dig around in the bottom of your dressers, because you're going to need the skimpiest, most Victoria-Secret-looking wardrobe to survive this incoming flood of heat.

A Bermuda High directing streams of moist, steamy air will gradually inflate the District this week with air more commonly seen in an unventilated Chinese fanny-pack-cobbling factory. (Extended forecast.) Because of the choking atmosphere, a Code Orange air-quality alert stands for Monday for D.C. and the suburbs. Temperatures are expected to stretch up to the mid-90s with armpit-soaking dew points around 70.

Make it to Tuesday and there's a chance for cooling thunderstorms as a cold front moves through, but any respite from the broiling will be brief. The heat index late this week still looks on track to touch 105 degrees or above.

Says Rudin: "Remember this during the heat wave: 'No shirt, no shoes, no service' at McDonald's. So if you want one of those tasty new frozen lemonade drinks, you had better dress right or use the drive-through."

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