Washington's high temperature of 96° last week seemed just a bit too high to end the near-record string of 90°+ temperatures this year. Sure enough, the temperature popped up this afternoon ahead of some light rain showers and hit a high of 92°. This is the 63rd day of 90° or higher temperatures this year, although the pace has now slipped a couple of days behind the record year of 1980, which eventually reached a total of 67 days.
Raleigh, which had just tied its annual record yesterday, broke the record with its 84th day this year of 90°+ temperatures and a high of 94°.
Richmond, which also hit 94°, extended its new record to 74 days.
Image (click to enlarge): Cumulative annual number of days 90° or higher in Washington, CapitalClimate chart from National Weather Service data
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