From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. heat wave implodes as weather turns cooler, drier Thursday

August 11, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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Remember the 80s? Well, they're back, and the weather around D.C. today should be mighty pleasant indeed.

Temperatures in D.C. today won't feel quite as bad as being dropped into Satan's clambake. Pictured: The NWS temperature forecast for Thursday night.

Anybody who's spent time outside these past couple weeks in D.C. knows what a hunk of gyro meat feels while it's sweating away its vital juices on a slow-moving spit. It's been a little uncomfortable.

But today, thanks to an Ohio Valley cold front that whooshed through town overnight, the temperatures will take a plunge down into the 80s. (You know it's been hot when that sounds like a good thing.) Last night, temperatures were expected to fall below 70 degrees in the Virginia/Maryland suburbs – something that hasn't happened for nearly a month, as ABC7 meteorologist Alex Liggitt noted. And today, temperatures will probably be 5 to 7 degrees cooler than Wednesday, with higher locations seeing the 50s during the night.

Dew points are also taking a hit today, so the armpit-stank threat level has been lowered to green. Is it time already to check the NWS winter weather forecasts? Nope... this summer still has a lot to give.

Behind this chillin' boundary a pushy mass of high pressure crowds the region, keeping things clear and dry for a while. The sky will start to cloud over Friday as foul weather approaches D.C. For more on the rain outlook this weekend, check out Liggitt's dousing odds.

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