From the ABC 7 Weather team

Record highs hit yesterday (huh?!) and payoff is on the way

October 3, 2011 - 05:12 AM
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All three major airports in the Washington area hit record high temperatures yesterday, but it was cloudy and cold, so how could that be?

Temperatures were so abnormal yesterday that we either tied or broke record highs at all three major airports on Sunday. Record cold afternoon highs, that is. At Reagan National (DCA), the mercury only reached 52 degrees, which ties for the coldest October 2nd afternoon in recorded history and was 21 degrees below average. Also, yesterday's high at DCA was even cooler than the average morning low, which is 56. Meanwhile, Dulles (IAD) and BWI airports broke record cold high temperatures by only reaching 50 and 51 respectively. To put it in perspective, Sunday's high temperatures were equivalent to normal conditions on November 29th. Today will again be gray, damp and cool in the mid 50s.

After such gray and damp weather for the past few weeks,  we will soon get what we deserve and have been yearning for. This will come in the form of a strong high pressure system that'll plant itself overhead for several days. It won't be a very progressive weather pattern, so get ready for a long stretch of rain-free days with nearly total sunshine and comfortable highs in the 70s. Click here for the 7day forecast.

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