As a rule of thumb, in order to tie or break a record high at DCA in late June and early July, the temperature has to hit the triple digits. That kind of heat is not out of the question by this weekend, but upper 90s seems more likely at this time. The hottest days of the near future will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All of which hold record highs at or above 100°.
Here's a comparison showing our forecast (as of Wednesday) compared to the record high for each day:
So far DCA has recorded ten 90° days this year with the warmest temperature being 99° on June 21st. In comparison, last year at this time there were eleven 90° days. Also, 2011 featured a total of 49 90° days.
Records fell earlier this month, which was noted here.
Ways to Beat the Heat: