April is starting cool, but what should we expect for the rest of it?
- Navin Sarma Photography
April showers bring May flowers ... You know the saying. April is a month of transition when temperatures warm up and spring rain and thunderstorms help to green us up. March was a cooler than average month for the D.C. area this year, and the first week of April will be that way as well. The average high for April 1st is 62 degrees. By the end of the month, our average high jumps to 71.
- April Averages
The hottest April temperature was 95 degrees recorded four different times. The coldest April low was only 15 degrees. Brrr! And, yes... we have had snow in April before. In fact, on April 1, 1924, Reagan National recorded 5.5” of snow (more than we have had all season!). The latest April snow happened on April 28th. As for the April showers, we average 3.06” of rain for the month. The wettest April happened in 1889 when D.C. received more than 9 inches of rain. That was the year of The Great Flood. Check out this picture of a flooded Pennsylvania Avenue from the Library of Congress:
- Great Flood of 1889-Library of Congress
While D.C. should be near average for temperatures today, the rest of the week looks cooler than average. Spring-like temps return this weekend. NOAA’s spring outlook has the Mid-Atlantic with above average temperatures and no major river flooding expected.