WTOP’s Top 5 morning stories

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the third inning of the Nats\' 3-2 win over the Rays Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Good morning, Washington area! Here are five stories to keep you informed and get you going:

Scorcher: Temperatures to hit near 100: While temperatures will be in the upper 90s, the National Weather Service says it will feel more like 100 to 105 degrees. Across the Washington metropolitan area, a few pop-up showers and thunderstorms are possible Thursday afternoon. http://bit.ly/MvgDgE

Video shows Zimmerman’s account of fatal fight: A newly-released video shows Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman at the scene of Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting a day later giving police a blow-by-blow account of his fight with the teen. http://bit.ly/M8OPxA

Beltway project will be model for world: Virginia’s transportation chief says the fast-moving Beltway Express Lanes project will be a model not just for the country – but the rest of the world as well. http://bit.ly/Mviim8

Give the pooch a break during dog days of summer: “Dogs aren’t very good at letting us know that they’re too hot until they actually collapse,” says Dr. Ashley Hughes. http://bit.ly/MviUbq

Underwater Zumba offers cool alternative to summer workouts: Curious about Zumba but don’t want to dance in front of a class full of people? The popular, calorie-burning dance-fitness craze is now being done underwater. http://bit.ly/MvhWMw

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