Record-Breaking Heat Possible Today

Current record high for March 15th is 81 degrees and was set on March 25, 1990

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 1:42 PM EDT
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With weather temperatures reaching into the 80's in mid March, many locals are heading outside to take advantage of the early onset of spring. NBC4's Megan Mcgrath has the story.

Megan Mcgrath

With weather temperatures reaching into the 80's in mid March, many locals are heading outside to take advantage of the early onset of spring. NBC4's Megan Mcgrath has the story.

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Thursday's highs may reach near-record levels around the Washington Metro area, according to Storm4 Meteorologist Tom Kierein.

The current record high for March 15th in Washington is 81 degrees, and was set back on March 5, 1990. Tom says today's high may be near there or even 1-2 degrees above it.

The only thing that may keep it from happening is some cloudiness increasing during the afternoon which will block some of the suns heating rays. However, it will still be up into the low 80s in most of our region.

A cooling trend is expected to begin on Friday, however, it will still be warmer than average all the way into next week

There's a chance of some needed rain tomorrow, especially during the afternoon when we could get some showers and thunderstorms. That will help to wash some of the pollen out of the air. Allergy sufferers are noticing the high pollen counts over the last couple of days… tree pollen has been running high since Monday.

Get Tom's video forecast here.


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