Satur­day weather sets frigid record

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - RE­GION BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

While much of Wash­ing­ton still slept Satur­day morn­ing, per­haps bur­row­ing un­der an ex­tra quilt, meteorological his­tory was be­ing made. It was not merely that the mer­cury sank to 26 de­grees, match­ing the record for Wash­ing­ton’s cold­est Nov. 11.

It was also the first time in this cold weather sea­son that the mer­cury in Wash­ing­ton, as mea­sured at Rea­gan Na­tional Air­port, had plunged be­low freez­ing.

More sig­nif­i­cantly, it was the first time that a record for low­est tem­per­a­ture had been set or matched in Wash­ing­ton for any date in Novem­ber in this cen­tury.

Nor has a cold­est-day record been set here this cen­tury in De­cem­ber or Jan­uary, ei­ther.

By con­trast, the record books al­most bris­tle with hot day records set in Wash­ing­ton this cen­tury in those months.

In Novem­ber, hottest-day records have been set or matched in Wash­ing­ton this cen­tury on six dif­fer­ent dates. In De­cem­ber, the fig­ure is 8; in Jan­uary, 5. Records go back to 1871.

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