Mini Heatwave Continues

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:32 PM EDT
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Get the forecast from Storm4 meteorologist Veronica Johnson.

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We knew it was coming, but that doesn't mean the heat is welcome. Luckily, the heatwave won't be record-breaking, just uncomfortable again Wednesday as it was Tuesday.

Storm Team4 chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer said the temperature reached 100 degrees at Reagan National Airport with a heat index of 102 at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The record high for Tuesday is 102, which was set in 1980.

We won't get a break Wednesday, unfortunately. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the D.C. area as temperatures are expected to be about 100 degrees with a heat index of about 105.

The all-time record of 103 for Wednesday was set in 1887.  The heat will be followed by potentially severe scattered thunderstorms and slightly cooler temperatures Wednesday afternoon and through the end of the week, with Saturday and Sunday right in the 80s.

So far this summer we've had 26 days above 90 degrees, which is ahead of the average of 16 or 17 90+ days by this time of the year.

At 5.8 degrees above average for the month, we're on pace for the hottest July ever.

For the next couple of days, though, you know the drill: Hydrate, check on kids, the elderly, and pets. And don't hesitate to call 911 if you or someone you know feels a heat related illness coming on.


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