07/06/2012 09:34 am ET

D.C. Heatwave: Hottest Weather In 80 Years

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps you're already aware that it's really hot outside and has been for more than a week.

Friday is going to be another brutal one, with temperatures in "the upper 90s and lower 100s," according to The Washington Post.

WRC-TV/NBC4 makes it feel even a little worse:

Storm4 meteorologist Veronica Johnson says that the current heatwave, which started last Thursday, will run until Sunday, with high temperatures consistently above 95 degrees.

If it seems excessive, that might be because we haven't seen this kind of heatwave in years. When this current heatwave ends on Sunday, it'll be the longest -- 11 days -- that the region has ever felt. The last time it was this hot for this long was eight brutal days in 2002.

And it's not just the length of the heatwave that's notable. We're also in the middle of "the hottest stretch for D.C. in 80 years," according to Storm4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer.

WJLA reports that the heatwave could break on Sunday "as a strong cold front approaches from the north with more clouds and thunderstorms." But there's a downside:

Unfortunately, some of the storms could be severe with gusty winds and large hail.

It's been one week since the powerful "derecho" storm blew through the area, knocking out electricity to more than 1,000,000 people. According to Pepco's website, as of just after 9 a.m. almost 8000 customers are still without power.

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