PM Update: First thunder of the season
Work week still mostly mild compared to average
Some wait for a sunny stretch like we just had to announce the arrival of spring -- for me its thunderstorms. Scattered strong to potentially severe storms have popped up this afternoon, as highs reach the rather muggy mid-60s, after a midday batch of showers and thundershowers. Even with all signs pointing toward "go," spring is volatile and rumors of winter may return...
Through Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue through the afternoon. Any showers or storms could bring briefly heavy rain, strong winds and some hail. Most activity should wind down this evening, but a lingering hit-or-miss shower is possible into the night, especially to the north. Winds shifting to come out of the west will bring cooler and drier air with overnight lows from the low-to-mid 40s in the suburbs to the mid-and-upper 40s downtown.
Tomorrow (Tuesday): We probably stay pretty cloudy tomorrow, with perhaps some sunshine showing up here and there. Highs should rise to the mid-and-upper 50s, maybe touching 60 if enough sun breaks through. It should be mainly dry, with just the outside risk of a shower as some instability remains near the area.
Warm-stretch stats: During the four days above 70 in D.C. ending yesterday, temperatures were 12 degrees above average for this time of year. National's highest reading during the period was 76 on Sunday, the first time we have been that warm since October (75 on the 21st and 85 on the 9th). Both Dulles and BWI also topped 75 this weekend, with Dulles setting a record high of 78 on Sunday. National may be on track for a top-10 warmest March on record and stands 5.5 degrees above normal for the month as of yesterday.
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