Hopefully you drank plenty of water today, because the human body can only take so much of a temperature change! Records were set all over the DC area, with BWI and National both hitting 91°—breaking records set back in 1922! Dulles also broke a record of 79° set back in 1992 with a high of 89° today. To put this all in perspective, if the record-breaking highs were not enough, the normal temperature for the DC area this time of year is in the mid-60s. Thankfully, dew points stayed low today, leading to more of a dry heat than we could have seen. Change is coming again this weekend—although do not expect it to be as drastic. Read on for your full forecast!
Thursday will bring similar weather as today, although about 10° cooler. Skies should remain clear throughout most of the day, with highs only reaching around 80°. It will be another fantastic day to be outside; visiting the National Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin in DC would be a perfect day-trek.
In fact, Thursday may be your last day to see many of the blossoms. A cold front will be approaching the DC area all day Thursday, and will finally arrive overnight into Friday morning. This front is bringing a good deal of moisture up from the gulf with it, so expect heavy rainfall throughout periods of the night. This could be accompanied by some thunderstorms as well. There is a good chance this heavy rain could cause many of the blossoms to fall off the trees.
Behind the front, cooler temperatures will invade the area, although we will not be returning to the cold temperatures of last week and the end of March. Highs behind the front will actually still be slightly above normal for this time of year.
Temperatures will reach down into the upper-60s by Sunday under partly sunny skies, before beginning to rebound thanks to a warm front coming through Monday. This warm front could bring some scattered AM showers Monday morning.
The next big system is looking to pass through our area Tuesday into Wednesday next week, so keep an eye on the forecast!