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Scattered thunderstorms — some severe — are hitting the D.C. area Wednesday afternoon bringing heavy winds and hail as a cold front moves through the region.

Scattered thunderstorms — some severe — popped up around the D.C. area Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy winds and hail as a cold front lurched through the region, with more severe storms expected during the evening commute.

The latest storm to pop up was in Northwest Maryland where the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm in part of Washington and Frederick counties and parts of Loudoun County in Virginia until 2:45 p.m. The weather service earlier issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Prince George’s County and Northeastern Charles County in southern Maryland until 2:30 p.m.

Earlier storms rumbled through Southeast D.C. as well as part of Prince George’s County, Maryland, and parts of Arlington and Alexandria in Virginia, bringing a heavy, quick burst of hail.

The broader D.C. region remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said one of the storms “has been blasting parts of the Beltway,” with wind gusts of 51 mph recorded at Reagan National Airport around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

More storms are expected, including during the evening rush-hour commute, as a cold front moves through the region’s sultry hazy air.

“Watch out for the possibility of large hail and winds over 60 miles an hour,” Stinneford said. “The good news: Storms will end by sunset as a cold front comes through overnight turning cooler and less muggy.”

Separately, a  Code Orange air quality alert has been issued Wednesday for people with sensitive respiratory systems because of the haze brought to the East Coast from the western U.S. and central Canadian wildfires.

Temperature highs will be in the low 90s.

Thursday is expected to be sunny and comfortable, but still hazy.



Forecast

Wednesday: Hot and humid. Partly sunny and very hazy. Scattered thunderstorms early afternoon into early evening. Some storms could have gusty winds and large hail, especially east of I-95. Highs: Low 90s.

Wednesday night: Any storms ending early, then gradual clearing. Hazy. Becoming less humid. Lows: upper 50s in northern Maryland, low- to mid 60s elsewhere.

Thursday: Mostly sunny but hazy. Warm but comfortable. Highs: low- to mid 80s.

Friday: Partly sunny. Seasonably warm and bit more humid. An isolated afternoon thunderstorm. Highs: low- to mid 80s.

Saturday: Partly sunny. Warmer and more humid with a possible isolated storm in the afternoon. Highs: mid- to upper 80s.


Current conditions:

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