Chance of storms Friday and the weekend, but weather ‘shouldn’t pose a problem’ for Fourth fireworks

It’s looking pretty sunny, albeit muggy, on Monday for July Fourth picnicking and fireworks-watching in the D.C. area. Here’s what you need to know this holiday weekend.


Friday started hot, and the humidity is creeping in for a heat index near 100 degrees.

Scattered thunderstorms will dot the region, Storm Team 4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said, and some of them have been severe, especially in the northern and western suburbs. Highs are in the low to mid-90s.

There’s a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for southeastern Loudoun County, north central Fauquier County and northwestern Prince William County until 6 p.m.

There’s been some storm damage outside D.C. as well: Trees have been blown down in Frederick, Howard and Carroll counties in Maryland.

If you’re hoping to kick off the holiday weekend Friday, maybe not a cookout?


Saturday again will be muggy with afternoon and evening thunderstorms possible, some of which could be severe. Highs will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

“A cold front will push into the region on Saturday and then stall, leading to showers and storms Saturday into Sunday,” Stinneford said.


Sunday morning showers follow, including scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with highs in the mid- to upper 80s.

“The front will gradually dissipate, leading to only widely scattered to isolated thunderstorms for the Fourth of July,” Stinneford said.

The Fourth

The forecast for Monday, July 4, is hot and humid, with highs in the mid-80s to low 90s and rain chances dropping back down to 30%, Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell said.

The early outlook for fireworks? “The weather shouldn’t pose a problem,” Bell said.

WTOP has compiled some useful guides for celebrating Independence Day.


Friday afternoon: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs low to mid-90s, with a heat index near 100.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy and muggy. Lows in the high 60s to mid-70s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and muggy, with scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms that may be severe between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s

Sunday: Chance of a morning shower, then partly sunny and less humid in the afternoon with an isolated storm. Highs mid- to upper 80s

Fourth of July Monday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-80s to low 90s.

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WTOP’s Rick Massimo contributed to this report.

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.

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