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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 06/15/2009

PM Update: A Shower or Two Before Sunset

By Ian Livingston

Partly sunny Tuesday; Cooler, cloudier Wednesday

* VORTEX2 Turns Heads in Tornado Alley | Severe Weather Junkie? *

Towering cumulus clouds have developed into a few isolated showers and thundershowers this afternoon. This activity is in response to daytime heating -- as highs rise to around 80 -- and should be mostly short-lived. Because there is little wind-flow aloft to keep storms moving, any that form could bring briefly heavy rain. Flooding issues like we witnessed last week are not anticipated. Most locations will stay dry through the rest of the day.

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Tonight: Any isolated showers or thundershowers that last into evening will disappear as the sun sets, leaving us partly to mostly cloudy overnight. Lows should drop to around 60 in the suburbs and low-to-mid 60s in urban centers.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): High pressure continuing to build in to our north will shape the day on Tuesday. Skies should be variably cloudy (cloudier early, clearer late) throughout the day. Highs should reach the upper 70s most spots.

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By Ian Livingston  | June 15, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Please see my comments of last night...Several area TV mets are now forecasting rain in some form or other EVERY DAY from Wednesday on through next week. Wednesday may be particularly nasty, and the weekend's big outdoor events on Columbia Pike and the Alexandria waterfront are, at the very least, threatened by afternoon/evening thunderstorms. My big dance events are indoors but I may still have to dodge lightning getting to bus & Metro stops...Wish they could have held these festivals LAST weekend!!!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 15, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

A Scarlet Letter rain storm here in Takoma Park for the last hour and a half!

Posted by: dcwarren | June 16, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

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