D.C. Forecast: Sultry Sunday, then a stormy Monday

This Afternoon:Partly Sunny, Hot, & Humid Highs: 85-90 Wind: S 10-15 mph Tonight:Increasing Clouds, Muggy Lows: 62-68 Wind: SE 5-10 mph Monday:Showers & Thunderstorms, Not as Hot Highs: 75-80 Rain: S 10-15 mph/G 30

Yesterday was yet another day under the broiler as October continued to pretend that summer never ended!{ } The 89 degree high at Reagan, and the identical 90 degree readings at BWI and Dulles (the latter being a record for the date for the 2nd day in a row) are nearly 20 degrees above seasonal norms.{ } The high humidity made it feel like the low 90s - yes, heat indices still in October! - and the beaches at Rehobeth and Ocean City drew summer-like crowds.{ } The same high pressure ridge that has kept us hot since the month began will give us{ }one more{ }exceptionally hot day today before some much needed relief arrives on Monday.{ } Under partly sunny skies today's highs will again be near 90.

A strong cold front, now bringing soaking rains and damaging winds{ }to the Midwest, is poised to move toward the{ }the DC area{ }late{ }tonight and early tomorrow.{ } Monday will see an increase in clouds with showers and thunderstorms likely by afternoon.{ } The rain, which could last into the evening hours, could be substantial enough - up to an inch - that some flash flood warnings are possible.{ } It will also be a breezy start to the week with southerly winds gusting up to 30 mph.{ } Temperatures will be noticeably cooler{ } with highs from 75 to 80.

Tuesday will see a return to cooler fall weather with mostly sunny skies and highs near 70.{ } That same pattern with much lower humidity is expected to last through the rest of the week.{ } Enjoy your Sunday!