DC Summer to Be Warmer, Drier Than Last Year

The Washington, D.C., area is in for a warm, dry summer after months of record-setting rainfall, according to Storm Team4 Meteorologist Doug Kammerer.

This doesn't mean D.C. is out of the clear for storms, though. While Storm Team4 expects most of the summer storms to be fairly weak, there are about two-to-three major hurricanes and up to 15 large storms on the radar across the coast. Areas like Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach will likely see tropical storm effects, but the storms shouldn’t move inland.

Areas including Florida and New England will be on storm watch throughout the summer, where the larger storms are likely to hit first.

Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer forecasts less rain this summer compared to last year.

“We’re watching the second and third week of August for a potential strong storm off the east coast,” said Kammerer.

Kammerer said that the expected rainfall this summer will not be like last summer, when there were frequent flash flood warnings in the D.C. area.

“I think we dry out as we make it through the rest of the year,” Kammerer said. “In June, July and August, I have us at or right below average for precipitation.”

Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer forecasts more 90-degree days than usual but not a lot of 95-100-degree days.

Storm Team4 also predicts the D.C. area will experience a slightly above average amount of 90 degree days. Expect about 48 to 53 days to be 90 degrees or above. That’s only a few above last year’s 45 days but approximately 15 days above the yearly average of 36.

“It looks like it’s going to be another hot year,” said Kammerer. “That being said, I don’t see it being extreme. I’m not talking 98, 99, 100. I’m talking like 92, 93, which is something we deal with on a normal basis in the summer, anyway.”

Miranda Jackson contributed to this report.

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