Plan for rainy New Year’s Eve

WASHINGTON — New Year’s Eve revelers may want to consider swapping their stilettos for rain boots this year.

D.C.’s wettest year on record is planning on going out with the chance to splash in a few more puddles for old time’s sake. The rain started creeping into the D.C. region Monday morning.

Highs will be in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

The showers will end around midnight.

There are a few steps partygoers can take to ensure the rain doesn’t dampen their spirits New Year’s Eve night.

If you’re hosting a New Year’s bash, be sure to set out extra mats or hangers near the door so your guests don’t trek muddy rainwater into the party. If you’re attending someone else’s party and were hoping to wear heels or dress shoes, consider packing them to put on after you arrive.

For those who prefer the bar scene, it will be tempting to camp out in a single location throughout the night, so consider getting to your favorite watering hole a bit early to grab a good seat.

If you’re planning on bar hopping, it may be wise to pick a stretch with several bars on a single block to avoid spending too much time outdoors. Although it’s fun to ring in the new year with a crowd of friends, be wary of picking popular bars that are likely to have a long line.

In any case, have a rain jacket, boots and umbrella ready to go.

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If you’ve been up late partying, however, Tuesday should offer the opportunity to shake off the cobwebs with a walk as it will be warm, and partly sunny.

There will be an early shower on Jan. 1 but then temperatures will reach near 60.

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