Afternoon storms brought heavy rain to DC region

Lightning is seen in D.C. during Wednesday's storm. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Hope you didn’t let recent cool weather fool you: Summer is just around the corner, and the D.C. region dealt with another severe weather outbreak Thursday.

As strong storms rolled through the area, the National Weather Service issued a number of thunderstorm warnings throughout the afternoon and into the early evening. All the warnings were lifted before 8 p.m.

According to the weather service, the storms brought in wind gusts of 60 mph and quarter-sized hail were detected in some of the bands of storms.

Forecasters predicted the storms to last throughout the night, causing power outages and even a tornado in places northwest of the District. I

While most of the severe weather has left the region, Storm Team4 Meteorologist Mike Stinneford said there is still a possibility for a scattered shower or thunderstorm before midnight with a patchy fog.

Friday will see more scattered risk of afternoon storms before high pressure settles into the region this weekend, with highs in the mid to upper 80s — great for outdoor plans, and a welcome recovery from last weekend’s sluggish high temperatures which wouldn’t have been out of place in autumn.


Thursday night: Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms ending before midnight. Patchy fog overnight. Lows in the 60s to lower 70s.

Friday: Clouds and rain. Scattered thunderstorms possible. Highs in the upper 70s to near 80.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and warmer, not too humid. Highs in the low to mid 80s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Hot and a bit more humid. Highs in the upper 80s to near 90.

Current conditions

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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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