D.C. fi­nally dips out of the 80s

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

For steamy hours on end last week, Wash­ing­ton’s tem­per­a­ture could not be coaxed be­low 80 de­grees. But on Sat­ur­day, things turned around, and the mer­cury could hardly climb above 80.

In bril­liant sun­shine, the day’s high at Rea­gan Na­tional Air­port fi­nally topped out at 82, un­usu­ally low for a day in early July and seven de­grees be­low nor­mal.

Wash­ing­to­ni­ans knew how rare it was. Six years ago on July 7, the high was 105. Vis­i­tors, per­haps un­aware of their good for­tune, were alerted by the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

“If you are va­ca­tion­ing in the Na­tion’s Cap­i­tal,” the Weather Ser­vice tweeted Sat­ur­day, “this evening and overnight can’t be any bet­ter for July! Clear, cool, less hu­mid and ab­so­lutely pleas­ant!”

By con­trast, last week in­cluded 111 con­sec­u­tive hours, and three full days, above 80 de­grees. On Fri­day, the mer­cury fi­nally fell be­low 80, but only at the 11th hour. Ac­cord­ing to the Weather Ser­vice, Fri­day’s low of 79 was recorded at 11:59 p.m.

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