Heat Wave Breaks for D.C. Region

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011  |  Updated 9:41 AM EDT
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Get the latest forecast from Meteorologist Tom Kierein

Get the latest forecast from Meteorologist Tom Kierein

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The record heat that dogged Washington for the past month has finally broken.

Wednesday morning showers usher in a ten-day stretch of cooler temperatures for the region.

Precipitation will fall sporadically throughout the day.  Motorists in the morning commute should be wary, as quick and heavy downpours could slick roadways and cause pooling.  Showers will continue off and on through the day, with isolated and strong thunderstorms moving in during the evening hours.

The rain should be a welcome return for a region that has seen little precipitation over the past month.  Although not a drought, the D.C. area has seen "abnormally dry" conditions.

July weather set a number of heat records, including the hottest month on record.  The real temperature reached 104 degrees on July 29, and the heat index, a combination of heat and humidity, reached 121 degrees on July 22.

Keep an eye on incoming weather with Interactive Radar.

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