Sunday storms bring hail to end hot holiday weekend in DC region

Sunday brought hail to parts of the D.C. area as well as hazy skies due to some smoke from July 4 fireworks still in the atmosphere

Heat and humidity continued to dominate the Sunday forecast, with the heat index reaching 100 degrees in D.C. and Leesburg and hitting the mid to upper 90s in most of the region. Isolated storms hit much of the region in the afternoon, leading the National Weather Service to issue a number of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

Storms brought quarter-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts to D.C., Arlington, parts of Fairfax County, Virginia, and parts of Montgomery County in Maryland. A Severe Thunderstorm warning went into effect for the D.C. metro area just after 5 p.m., and a separate warning for storms of a similar nature went for the area of Manassas and Gainseville in Virginia at the same time.

Central Anne Arundel County and parts of Prince George’s County in Maryland were also tagged with hail similar to that experienced in Prince William County in Virginia, Storm Team 4’s Briana Bermensolo reported.

The storms strengthened earlier in the afternoon in the area of Dale City and Quantico in Virginia. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for that area went into effect just after 4:30 p.m.

Sunday still saw plenty of sunshine earlier in the day throughout the region, with temperatures staying in the low 90s, beginning nearly a full week of sunny, hot and dry weather.

Fourth of July fireworks went off without a hitch Saturday night, as scattered storms Saturday afternoon cleared out of the region before sunset.


Sunday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid with isolated afternoon storms. Highs in the lower 90s.

Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with isolated afternoon storms. Highs in the low to middle 90s.

Tuesday: Hot and humid, with a few afternoon storms. Highs in the lower 90s.

Wednesday: Continued hot and humid weather, with a few afternoon storms. Highs in the lower 90s.

Current conditions

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Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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Matt Delaney is a digital web writer/editor who joined WTOP in 2020.

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