People who live in the DMV area are well-aware of the high temperatures and sudden thunderstorms that have become standard practice over the last week. While that is expected to subside at some point, MLB's Opening Day may not be able to avoid it.
According to NBC Washington, temperatures will climb into the low-90s toward downtown Washington D.C. Thursday, the heat index will approach 100 degrees and they expect scattered thunderstorms throughout the afternoon. Any of those storms could produce a period heavy rain and substantial wind gusts.
Weather.com predicts anywhere between a 40-60% chance of rain within the game window (7-10 p.m.)
This, of course, would not bode well for the Nationals' Opening Day contest against the Yankees Thursday night at 7 p.m. Fans have been waiting about four months to see their favorite team begin their first World Series title defense, and now it appears there's a chance the weather could negatively impact the game.
The good news is that this pattern of heavy storms in the afternoon is expected to settle down more on Friday and be completely gone on Saturday. The Nationals aren't scheduled to play Friday, so if the opener is postponed there's at least an easy way to reschedule.
Major League Baseball wouldn't turn down a bit of weather luck this season, given they hope to wrap up the regular season by the end of September. Any postponements or extended delays complicate the tight schedule.
Still, we won't really know what the weather will do around game time until it's actually game time. The forecast could certainly be wrong. It definitely wouldn't be the first time that happened.
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