From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: More historic heat on a stormy December day

December 22, 2013 - 08:46 AM
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 Look for a very warm and breezy day with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the low 70s will likely set records as they did on Saturday.

This Afternoon:
Very Warm & Breezy, Showers & T'Storms
Highs: 71-74
Wind: S 15-25/35 mph
Rain Likely, Heavy at Times
Lows: 48-57
Rain: S 5-10 mph
Showers, Temperatures Falling
Highs: 55-60
Wind: S 5-10/W 20 mph

Yesterday was a day of historic heat in the Washington area and today could see history repeating itself with yet more spring-like temperatures.  The 72, 71, and 70 degree readings at DCA, BWI Marshall, and Dulles airports respectively, were all the highest ever set for a Dec. 21. Balmy and blustery, it was it was a comfortable day that made any reluctance to doff the jacket and put on the T-shirt disappear quickly.  As the low pressure system that is bringing heavy rain and wintery conditions to our west draws closer, today will be equally mild, but increasingly wet and stormy.  The mercury will again soar into the low 70s - and it is already there in many areas this morning - before temperatures begin to fall tomorrow afternoon.  

 Rain and thunderstorm activity will punctuate the day . That Rain, heavy at times, will extend through the nighttime hours and indeed continue to fall into Monday morning.  As a cold front gets closer tomorrow, the rain will gradually end and temperatures will fall from the 60s throughout the afternoon.  By tomorrow evening, our charmed weather lives will be over as readings in the low 30s will remind us that yes, it really is still wintertime!  Those chilly temperatures will be with us through the remainder of our Christmas week.  So enjoy Mother Nature's gift of warmth today while you can! 

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