Today could be a record-setter.
TODAY: Sunny and very warm with isolated t-storms mainly West
Highs: 80°-85° | Record High: 81 in 1990
TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy with isolated t-showers late.
Lows: 52°-58° | Wind: E/SE 3-6 mph
TOMORROW: Becoming cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.
Highs: 76°-80° | Wind: SW/W 5-10 mph
Unseasonably warm high pressure will push temperatures above the 80 degree mark again today...for the third straight day, actually. Skies will be mostly sunny but isolated afternoon thunderstorms are possible mostly west of the Blue Ridge. A cold front will approach the area tomorrow. This will increase the cloud cover and increase the likelihood of more widespread showers and thunderstorms. Any shower or storm activity will end tomorrow night.
A bit of a change is in store for the weekend. Some drier and slightly cooler air will move in during the day Saturday under partly cloudy skies. We cannot rule out an isolated shower or thunderstorm Saturday afternoon, especially west of Washington. By Sunday, winds are expected to turn to the east, temporarily stopping the flow of unseasonably warm air. Highs will range through the 60s to around 70 degrees. Computer model guidance suggests temperatures will quickly rebounfd through the upper 70s next week.
Check Eileen Whalen's blog showing we are not likely to have a "hot" summer based on other very warm winters. @EILEENABC7