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Posted at 7:45 PM ET, 07/20/2010

PM Update: Some risk of showers/storms

By Ian Livingston

Heat wave rolls on, higher temps on tap late week

* Heat weaves, then and now | Caribbean not so quiet anymore *
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* Consec days of 90+: 7; Total 90+: 37 (Apr: 2; May: 3; Jun: 18; Jul: 14) *

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m - Strong storms impacting suburbs to the southwest in Prince William county are heading east. They will impact southern Fairfax Co. (starting around 8:00 p.m.), and then the District (at least the southern half) and Prince George's counties (between 8:30 and 9 p.m.). These storms could produce heavy rains and strong winds.

Through Tonight: Although he worst weather will stay to our south and southwest and to the northeast, some storminess can't be ruled out around here. The risk for storms will wane after around 10 p.m.. Temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s around sunset (except in places it may rain) fall to lows in the low 70s for the cooler spots to mid-or-upper 70s downtown.

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): The recent pattern of hot days with a risk of storms, mainly late, continues on Wednesday. Partly to mostly sunny skies through midday help highs rise into the low-and-mid 90s. By afternoon, clouds should be bubbling up and storms are possible into the evening. Once again, any that form could become strong to severe. Of course, pinpointing exactly where they will hit is difficult a day out.

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Photogenic shower: Last evening's "rogue shower" that developed behind an initial group of storms and pushed through parts of D.C. was widely photographed by area camera wielders. DCist compiled a few of the shots that were posted to flickr (including one by yours truly). After no rain for what seemed like eternity, people seem to be enjoying the multiple opportunities of late! While you're over there, check out the piece on CWG's Ann Posegate posted yesterday.

Keep reading for an update from earlier this afternoon

From earlier: Clouds that rolled in this morning continued across the area for much of the midday, but breaks of sun have become more common this afternoon. The earlier clouds tried to keep us below 90, but they mostly failed as highs reach near 90 and into the low 90s. Today's 90+ at Reagan National makes 37 for the year, which equals D.C.'s typical annual average with plenty of warmth left to go. Like most of the last 10 days or so, we run the risk of a shower or storm through the evening.

By Ian Livingston  | July 20, 2010; 7:45 PM ET
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Comments

"Tomorrow (Tuesday):" Don't scare me like that - I had a bad moment where I thought today was Monday...

Posted by: hhsten | July 20, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

hhsten, fixed. thanks!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

From the latest NWS forecast discussion:
"A COLD WILL APPROACH THE AREA THIS WEEKEND."

A-a-achoo!!

Posted by: HenryFPotter | July 20, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The lack of traffic here with regards to the funnel cloud sighting in Harford County reminds me of one of my more favorite exchanges from Twister:

Beltzer: Hey, you guys want to wrap this up pretty soon?
Bill: What?
Beltzer: Oh, nothing. I was just wondering if you wanted to chase this tornado, or if you just wanted to catch the next one.
Bill: !

Of course, with my luck, someone will have posted something while I was typing this up....

Posted by: jkuchen | July 20, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Tried to rain in Rosslyn but only got a few drops. Weird thing was that the moment I heard drops against the window they started putting the tarp on the field at the Nats game in Cincy.

Posted by: marathoner | July 20, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Looks like that thundershower complex to our south & west moved through our area as it was dying out :-) we were lucky!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | July 20, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like that thundershower complex to our south & west moved through our area as it was dying out :-) we were lucky!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | July 20, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

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