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Dangerous Friday Forecast: Heat Index of 116 in DC, 118 in Richmond


Can I use the term “breaking news” to describe a weather forecast for a sunny day? Yup. That just happened.

Last month, I asked If June Is This Hot, What Will July & August Be Like? Now we have the answer from Jason Samenow of WashingtonPost.com’s Capital Weather Gang:

NOAA has upped its peak heat index prediction for D.C. Friday to a stunning, sweltering 116 degrees. Remarkably, it predicts there is a 90 percent chance it will reach at least 110 and a 100 percent chance of at least 105. Earlier today, NOAA was predicting a maximum heat index of 109 Friday.

And poor Richmond, Va.! NOAA projects its heat index will soar to a stifling 118 degrees.

So far, 2011 has been the 11th-warmest year on record. And from NOAA’s State of the Climate update, a stat even The Green Miles didn’t know:

June 2011 was the 316th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985.

That’s right – despite all of George Will’s “global cooling” hot air, we haven’t had a below-average global temperature month since before The Goonies came out. Excuse me while I cool myself off by doing the truffle shuffle:

Check out NOVEC’s tips for staying cool & saving energy on hot days.

Image courtesy NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center via Capital Weather Gang

Cross-posted from The Green Miles


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