D.C. Forecast: Another mild day before more typical July heat returns

This Afternoon: Mostly Cloudy, A Bit Warmer

Highs: 79-84 | Wind: E 5/S 5 mph

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Seasonable

Lows: 67-72 | Wind: S 5-10 mph

Monday: Pt. Cloudy, Hot, T'Storms Possible

Highs: 89-95 | Precipitation: W 5-10 mph

Yesterday's 71 degree high at Reagan National was the coolest July day since July 26, 2002.{ } With the low a mere 4 degrees less at 67, the daily average of 69 made for a whopping 11 degrees below the average for the date.{ } That's the greatest divergence from the norm since back on April 23 when the discrepancy was13 degrees, making{ }for a most extraordinarily cool day in a month when relentless sun makes such chill almost impossible.

The rains of yesterday are largely finished - they were significant in some areas, e.g., 1.25 inches at BWI - and just some drizzle and fog remained this morning.{ } The low clouds are beginning to breakup amd some peeks of sunshine are appearing this afternoon.{ } The high temperature today should be around 80, which{ }is still about 10 degrees below normal.{ } However, as high pressure moves to the northeast and we start to get a southwesterly flow of warmer, more humid air, look for the mercury to rise rapidly into tomorrow when the dreaded 90s return.{ } Thunderstorms are possible both Monday and Tuesday with some drier, more pleasant days likely on Wednesday and Thursday.

Enjoy one more cooler than normal day before July{ }comes steaming back!{ }