After a hot start to July with eight of the first fourteen days above 90 degrees, the pattern shifted. Since then, high temperatures topped out in the low to mid 80s seven times and reached 90 degrees only once.
Looking ahead to the end of July and the beginning of August, temperatures are still expected to be cooler than normal. Once we get through the weekend, which will feature more heat, humidity, and the chance for showers and the possibility of severe storms, cooler air is forecast to filter in next week.500mb vorticity plot for next Tuesday
While a large ridge is expected to continue to build over the southwestern U.S., a potent shortwave will move through the Midwest and into the Northeast this weekend bringing the potential for severe storms.
This shortwave will spin around an area of low pressure centered over the eastern part of the Hudson Bay in Canada (above), which looks like it will be blocked from moving anywhere as high pressure sets up east over Canadian Maritimes and the northern Atlantic.6 to 10 day temperature outlook from the CPC
In reality, what does this mean for the D.C. area? Temperatures may only approach the 80 degree mark Tuesday and low to mid 80s Wednesday through Friday of next week. In addition, humidity levels should be low, with dew points in the 50s expected Tuesday through Thursday before more moisture slides back into the region Friday.Tuesday afternoon 2-meter temperature anomalies (Credit: WeatherBell Models)
With record heat dominating the headlines, including the hottest global June on record per NOAA, this will most certainly be enjoyed throughout the eastern half of the U.S. next week. Portions of the eastern U.S. will enjoy afternoon temperatures 10 to possibly 20 degrees below the seasonal average.