From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Searing heat about to end as storms usher in a cooler, wetter week

July 8, 2012 - 10:05 AM
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While the day is starting out uncomfortably hot, relief is just hours away.  Look for highs to soar to the upper 90s before a cold front brings showers, thunderstorms AND cooler temperatures.

This Afternoon: Pt. Sunny, Humid, PM Storms, Some Severe

Highs: 94-99 | Heat Index: 100-104

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Storms Possible

Lows: 73-80 | Rain: 50% Chance

Monday: Showers Likely, Noticeably Cooler

Highs: 82-85 | Rain: 40% Chance

The thermometer didn't break yesterday, but it likely came close! The 105 degree reading at Reagan National set a new record for the date and tied the second hottest day ever recorded in DC.  When you factor in the morning low of 82 - the highest minimum for the day - the 94 degree average has no peer - it was the hottest day ever since records started in 1871.

After staying in the 90s through most of the overnight, Sunday is starting out insufferably hot and humid.  There is a heat advisory in effect from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.  But, relief is not far off.  A cold front is beginning to drop through the area, bringing the threat of strong storms this afternoon, but also promising cooler and drier air in its wake.  Look for highs in the upper 90s before the front drops temperatures all the way to the low 80s tomorrow.  The front is expected to stall just south of the area, meaning that we are in for a week of unsettled, but far more agreeable weather: Daytime highs will be in the 80s with a chance of showers each day.  The thermometer  - and we -  are about to get a long-awaited break! 

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