Sweltering Monday ends with severe thunderstorms

A sweltering Monday turned somewhat unsettling this afternoon.

More severe weather rolled through the region this evening, prompting a few severe thunderstorm warnings in Maryland.

A severe thunderstorm watch that was supposed to be in effect for most of the D.C. area until 10 p.m. has since been canceled. “I think we’ve seen the worst of the weather so far except for near those Baltimore suburbs,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Matt Ritter said.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. for Anne Arundel, Cecil and Harford counties.

This afternoon’s storm kicked up winds that knocked a tree onto a truck in Middleburg, Virginia. Police Chief A.J. Panebianco said that it shut down U.S. Route 50, which has since been reopened.

“Nobody was injured or nobody appears to be injured in the accident, but it did suffer significant damage,” said the chief, who added there were other reports of downed trees and wires. (Check out the updated rundown of power outages in the graphic below.)

High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic and the presence of Tropical Storm Claudette along the Carolina coast made for an uncomfortably muggy Monday, with the atmosphere unstable enough to fuel the severe weather this evening.

Heat indexes ranged from the mid 90s to near 100 on Monday. But we’ll get a break overnight, with highs on Tuesday not climbing past the low 70s.

On Monday, a strengthening Tropical Storm Claudette dumped rain on North Carolina before heading out to sea. A more widespread chance for rain comes Tuesday as a front sweeps into the Mid-Atlantic behind Claudette.

“This front will push the deep, tropical moisture associated with what was Claudette off the Carolina coast before it can get here,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell said. “We will get rain, but our rain totals will be generally an inch or less. The steadiest rain will come through the first half of Tuesday before the showers taper off in the evening.”

Tuesday’s rain gives way to more agreeable conditions on Wednesday through the end of the workweek, with highs diving into the 70s and humidity easing.


Monday night: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Tuesday: Light to moderate rain in the morning and early afternoon. Much cooler, with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Wednesday: Sunny with low humidity. Highs in the mid to upper 70s.

Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s to near 80.

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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