Oct 2, 2019

Washington soars to 98 degrees, breaking all-time October heat mark

District of Columbia
Jason Samenow
Washington Post

Washington is experiencing a beastly hot October day, unlike anything it has previously observed.

The city exceeded its hottest October temperature ever previously observed, hitting 98 degrees, surpassing the mark of 96 degrees set on Oct. 5, 1941.

This is the hottest weather ever recorded in Washington so late in the calendar year. The average high temperature on Oct. 2 is just 73 degrees.

There are many years in which Washington never hits 98 degrees even in July and August much less October. In records dating back to 1871, 40 percent of years never reached such a temperature according to Capital Weather Gang information lead Ian Livingston.