Showers and thunderstorms quieting down
A few more through evening? More heat tomorrow
6:45 p.m.: A line of showers and thunderstorms, some strong to severe, is exiting the D.C. area to the east. The immediate metro area largely avoided the large hail and damaging winds that were a threat, though some trees were reported blown down in Loudoun County. For now, things are quiet behind the earlier line, though a few more showers and storms could still pop up through evening. We'll keep an eye on things. (see previous updates)
Through Tonight: Strong to severe thunderstorms, potentially containing damaging winds or large hail, move off to the east by mid-evening. Following the storms, we'll see a small risk of additional showers, though mostly just partly cloudy skies and muggy conditions lasting through the night. Lows reach the upper 60s and low 70s.
Tomorrow (Friday): The cold front partially responsible for today's thunderstorms decides to camp out to our north, so there should be no break in the heat or humidity, and it actually may be a bit warmer tomorrow in some spots. Partly to mostly sunny skies help temperatures rise into the mid-80s around lunchtime before they top out near 90 and into the low 90s during the afternoon. With heat and sunshine we can't rule out an isolated storm or two late in the day, likely much less widespread than today.
5:40 p.m.: A line of strong to severe thunderstorms moving west to east through the area, and which earlier knocked down some trees in Loudoun County, is now mainly east of I-95 and heading toward the Chesapeake Bay. Weaker showers and thundershowers extend back to the west, still encompassing much of the metro area. For now, things are quiet in terms of any severe weather (large hail, damaging winds) west of I-95, though some more showers and storms could still pop up through evening. We'll keep an eye on things. (see previous updates)
4:50 p.m.: A line of showers and thunderstorms continues to move through the area. There are two main areas of stronger to severe activity. One is to the south of D.C., passing mainly from the southern branch of the Beltway toward points south. And the other is pretty far north of the District, clipping northern Montgomery County and points north. But localized severe weather is still possible across the entire region. This line of storms is moving quickly and may mostly exit east of the metro area by around 7 p.m.
4:25 p.m.: A line of strong to occasionally severe thunderstorms continues to move through the area, and storms are now knocking on the door of D.C. In addition, a few isolated cells have popped up in front of the main line. The strongest activity looks to target the southern half of the area, but localized severe weather is still possible across the entire region. Storms are moving a bit faster now and may mostly exit to the east around 7 p.m.
3:30 p.m.: Thunderstorms are advancing into the area from the west and will slowly progress east through the rest of the afternoon, likely reaching the immediate D.C. metro during the commute. So far, most storms have remained below severe levels, but some should reach severe criteria. Thanks to lots of heat and humidity, following daytime highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s, these storms will have little problem sustaining or strengthening as they pass through .
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