Heat, humidity, rain kick off Labor Day weekend in DC area

Oppressive heat and high humidity settle in over the Washington skyline as record-breaking temperatures and ozone-laden haze prompt air-quality alerts for the coming days in the nation's capital, Friday, July 23, 2010. Viewed from an overlook in Virginia above the Potomac River are, from left to right, the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the Capitol, the Smithsonian Castle and the Library of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(ASSOCIATED PRESS/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON — Early morning downpours only added to an already muggy start to the Labor Day weekend, flooding roadways in Virginia and causing travel headaches for late-night commuters.

Labor Day weekend started with rain and flooding for parts of the D.C. area that will be followed by a hot, muggy Saturday with some additional downpours. But all is not lost, as Sunday and Labor Day Monday will be sunny but steamy.

Flood warnings are in effect for parts of Montgomery, Prince George’s and Charles counties in Maryland; Falls Church, Alexandria, and Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia; and D.C. until 3:45 a.m. Sunday.

The weekend’s weather is courtesy of a stalled front that has parked itself over the area, Prinzivalli said.


Sunday: Partly sunny, very warm and humid. Chance of showers and storms. Highs near 90 degrees.

Monday: Labor Day: Steamy. Mostly to partly sunny. Highs in the low 90s with a heat index of 100-plus.

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Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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