From the ABC 7 Weather team

First 90° Day In D.C. On This Unofficial Start To The Summer Season

May 28, 2012 - 04:00 AM
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It feels more like the 4th of July than Memorial Day with heat indices in the 90s!  If you think it's hot today, remember what it was like last year!

We're feeling the HEAT and HUMIDITY this Memorial Day Monday -- highs climbed into the upper 80s and into the 90s in some spots.  In fact, here in Washington, we made it to our first 90° day!  Not only are temperatures close to 10 degrees warmer than average, but you factor in the humidity and it feels like the upper 90s! 

NOAA Heat Index

Hot Memorial Days can be good if you plan to head to the beach or kick-start the summer season at the pool.  Keep in mind, the 2012 summer solstice doesn't arrive until June 20th at 7:09 PM, but it certainly feels like summer with the heat and humidity.

So does this Memorial Day stand out with the hot, summer-like temperatures?  Not quite!  In fact, last year, Memorial Day Monday climbed to 96° in D.C.!  No record, though.  The record for May 30th (when Memorial Day fell in 2011) is still 98° set back in 1991.  The record for this Memorial Day is 97° (1941). 

Here's how high temperatures got over the last few years on Memorial Day:

2010 -  91° 
2009 -  82° 
2008 -  85° 
2007 -  86° 

It was certainly a hot Memorial Day in Washington, and again, our first 90° day!

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