Heavy storms bring flood warnings to areas of DC region

Heavy storms moving through the D.C. area have triggered another round of thunderstorm and flood warnings to a region already water-logged from weeks of wet weather.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Rappahannock and Fauquier counties in Virginia until 9:15 p.m and 9:45 p.m, respectively.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 8:30 p.m. in Stafford, Orange, Culpeper, Fauquier and Spotsylvania counties in Virginia.

Saturday will be hot with a chance of storms in the afternoon as the trend of hot and muggy weather is expected to continue through the last few days of August. Here’s what you need to know.

Friday’s weather and change of storms continues through the weekend with temperatures soaring to near 90 and heat indexes approaching 100.

“Any of the storms can bring some heavy downpours which could create some flooding, frequent lightning and strong winds,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said.

According to Storm Team4 meteorologist Somara Theodore, isolated thunderstorms are possible around the District on Saturday night. Saturday evening saw thunderstorms hitting Hagerstown and the I-81 corridor more broadly.

The mugginess continues Saturday night into Sunday as temperatures fall into the 70s.

According to Theodore, Sunday could see patchy fog in the morning with temperatures in the upper 80s, along with another threat of afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

On Wednesday, the D.C. area could see the impacts of Hurricane Ida, Ricketts said.

Ida is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Louisiana coastline late Sunday night into early Monday morning as a possibly major hurricane and it is expected to continue to push into the mid-Atlantic by the middle of next week.

“Some steady heavy rain could be expected for Wednesday and Thursday before we dry out on Friday,” Ricketts said.

Temperatures look to fall on Friday and through next weekend, with lower humidity as Canadian high pressure builds into the area, Ricketts said.


The new workweek will start steamy before turning cooler and very wet due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida moving into the D.C. area.

Saturday: Mostly to partly sunny, hot and humid, with a chance of afternoon storms. Highs near 90. Heat index near 100.

Saturday night: Muggy, warm and partly cloudy with some fog. Lows in the mid 70s.

Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny, hot and humid with an isolated storm possible. Highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Monday: Partly sunny, hot and humid with the chance of evening storms. Highs near 90. Heat index near 100.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, hot and humid, with more evening storms possible. Highs 90. Heat index near 100.

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