There’s gonna be a rumble: Strong thunderstorms heading toward DC area | WTOP

A summer-like Tuesday could give way to strong or severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening. Here’s what to know.

A summer-like Tuesday could give way to strong or severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch (which means conditions are favorable for storms to develop) until 8 p.m. for the entire D.C. area, and Storm Team 4 meteorologist Matt Ritter said “some of these storms will have the potential of producing damaging wind gusts and large hail, and even an isolated tornado or two will be possible.”

A severe thunderstorm warning (which means such a storm is actually happening) has been issued for the western edge of the D.C. area — Fauquier and Rappahannock counties and points west — until 4 p.m. A several thunderstorm, with winds up to 60 mph, has been spotted west of Front Royal and is moving at about 30 mph.

“There’s absolutely no reason for these storms to weaken,” Ritter said.

Some of the storms have started on the western edge of the D.C. area, and Ritter said they will have moved off to the east by sunset.

There could be a repeat of the windy storms as a cold front rolls in on Wednesday, Ritter said, and the rest of the week could, in fact, by cooler than average.


Tuesday afternoon and evening: Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms; very warm and humid.

Temperatures: Falling into the 70s.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy early, then increasing clouds. Mild and muggy with patchy fog, with showers moving in toward morning.

Lows: Mid- to upper 60s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with showers and a few thunderstorms until about mid-afternoon, some with gusty winds. Not as warm but humid to start the day, with lowering humidity late in the day.

Highs: Mid- to upper 70s.

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