From the ABC 7 Weather team

Heat wave in D.C.: When will this horrible weather end?

August 1, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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Our summer suckalathon continues this week in D.C., Virginia and Maryland, with temperatures possibly in the 90s every day. But really, you've come to expect this by now.

The sun prepares for another day of hard work in D.C. (Courtesy of Trishhh/Flickr)

Did you love Air Jordans, grunge music and T.G.I.F.? Then this is the week for you, with temperatures projected to be in the 90s every flippin' day. Take a taste of this lousy weather strudel:

weather forecast in maryland, virginia august 2011

That overheated forecast, courtesy of ABC7's seven-day weather tool, shows that D.C. has yet to pass through this Death Valley of heat that's plagued the Mid-Atlantic for years on end, or so it feels. "It's going to be hot again, that's all I have to say," Steve Rudin, ABC7 meteorologist and geothermal cooling-system believer, says. "Some areas [today] may hit a hundred."

High pressure as stubborn as a Mexican mule is bringing on the heat in a way never before seen in the D.C. area. July 2011 is expected to be the hottest month in recorded history for our area: The preliminary average monthly temperature of 84.3 degrees would destroy the previous record of 83.1 degrees that was set just last year.

This weekend, says Rudin, a new record for high minimum temperatures (meaning, the ones that occur when you sleep) was set. And according to the National Weather Service, there have been four days this summer when the high temperature reached 102 degrees or more. That level of heat has only happened twice since 1872: once in 1988, when there were four days above 102, and again in 1930, which had seven days breathing fire at 102 and above.

So when will this summer suckathalon end?

Let's take this day by day. Today, potentially severe thunderstorms could move in to create the briefest of cool (if stressful, hail-chucking) weather. But there's only about a 30 percent chance of storms, so don't count on nature supplanting your daily dip under the showerhead.

A cool front moves in on Wednesday that might scatter clouds over the city and push away the heat, but a better chance for a blast of reasonably seasoned air arrives toward the end of the week, says Rudin. A cold front could mash temperatures down to the upper 80s or low 90s, which would only be slightly above average.

"It's just one of those years," says Rudin. "It's awful."

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