WASHINGTON (WUSA) - This first full week of September has featured a late summer heat wave. Looking ahead, a couple of records will be in jeopardy for the next several days.
For this Thursday, with temperatures expected to top out between 93° and 97°, the record high at Dulles International Airport and in Martinsburg will be in jeopardy. The record of 93 at Dulles is a young daily record, set just last summer. The record in Washington should be safe at 100°, as in Baltimore. Part of the reason why the records in Washington and at Baltimore are considerably higher than at Dulles is because of the much longer time span of weather data available for those two locations.
It is impressive that highs today will be near records. Factoring in the humidity, triple digit feels-like temperatures are expected area-wide. The heat index will top out 100-105 this afternoon.
Temperatures Friday and Saturday will also be unseasonably warm. The records daily highs for Friday are once again very close to the forecast highs for the day.