Thursday, June 15, 2006

June's Perfection Extended

Tonight and Tomorrow

For tonight, low temperatures under clear skies will be from the low 60s in the city to the low 50s in the cooler 'burbs. Tomorrow will be sunny with low humidity and highs again in the mid 80s.

For the extended outlook, see Josh's post below.

The remnants of Alberto have scooted northeastward to just off Nova Scotia this afternoon. The storm has strengthened as a non-tropical system, prompting the Canadian Meteorological Service to issue marine warnings for portions of the Atlantic Coast.

Despite northwesterly breezes gusting over 20 mph, strong June sun through a mostly clear sky has pushed temperatures in the Washington DC metro area as high as the mid 80s this afternoon. Combined with dewpoints in the mid 40s to low 50s, this has resulted in nearly ideal weather. Expect more of the same tomorrow, except for a little less breeze and a degree or two warmer temperatures.

Photo of last night's sunset from Chantilly VA contributed by Michael Ambrose

Energy Watch

June's comfortable temperatures have helped reduce air conditioning usage, and electric bills in Maryland could be further minimized as a special session of the Maryland legislature late last night approved a bill designed to reduce the 39% Pepco and 72% BGE price increases set to go into effect this summer. The BGE increases will be initially capped at 15%. The online WaPo reports that Gov. Ehrlich expressed disapproval of the bill on WBAL radio this morning.

In other legislative action, the U.S. Senate, having failed to include even the minimal McCain/Lieberman CO2 cap-and-trade proposal in last year's energy bill, is now set to take up legislation limiting outdoor burning.

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Seasonal Outlook

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