Fourth of July weekend to bring colder temperatures, chance of thunderstorms

The Fourth of July weekend is starting colder with a chance of thunderstorms in the D.C. area as many Americans are due to celebrate the nation’s 245th birthday.

High temperatures will only reach the 70s on Saturday, according to Storm Team4 meteorologist Briana Bermensolo.

She said “less humidity, coupled with the cooler highs, will feel comfortable and pleasant,” Bermensolo said.

There’s a chance for an isolated thunderstorm Saturday afternoon with chances of scattered rain.

The National Weather Service says there’s a chance for rain everyday this holiday weekend with the greatest chance on Saturday.

One day after achieving the hottest day of the year, the D.C. area had two tornadoes touch down during severe thunderstorms on Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Residents dealt with downed power lines, possible floods and damaged trees while attempting to clean up the debris left by the storms on Friday.

Sunday will warm up but with continued low humidity, mild conditions and high temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s, according to Bermensolo.

The warmth returns early in the week with warm and muggy conditions on Monday and high temperatures in the 90s, Bermensolo said.

A chance for extremely hot weather on Tuesday, with temperatures in the triple digits is possible.


Saturday: Partly Sunny, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. High temperatures in the upper 70s to around 80. There’s a 30% chance of rain.

Saturday night: Partly Cloudy. Low temperatures in the 50s to 60s.

Sunday (Independence Day): Mostly to partly sunny. Isolated evening thunderstorms possible. High temperatures in the upper 70s to middle 80s.

Monday: Warm and muggy. High temperatures in the low 90s.

Tuesday: Hot, with temperatures in the triple digits possible.

Jose Umana

Jose Umana is a digital writer/editor at WTOP. He joined WTOP in 2020.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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