Spotty showers in DC region’s forecast as Henri makes landfall

The D.C. region can expect a mix of sun and clouds throughout Sunday as temperatures climb into the mid to upper 80s.

As Tropical Storm Henri continues to threaten parts of New York state and southern New England, NBC Washington meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said some of the storm’s outermost bands could brush the WTOP listening area.

Waves pound the beaches of Montauk, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, as a severe weather system approaches. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Waves pound the beaches of Montauk, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, as Tropical Storm Henri approaches. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A woman walks in the rain fall on Penfield beach as Tropical Storm Henri approaches, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Fairfield, Conn. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A woman walks in the rainfall on Penfield beach as Tropical Storm Henri approaches, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Fairfield, Conn. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Man walking dog in the rain.
A man and dog walk along a street as Tropical Storm Henri approaches, in Montauk, Long Island on Aug. 22, 2021. (Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images)

Waves crash against the sea wall near New London Harbor Lighthouse as Tropical Storm Henri approaches Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Waves crash against the sea wall near New London Harbor Lighthouse as Tropical Storm Henri approaches Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in New London, Conn. (AP/Stew Milne)

David Jeancy, from New London, Conn., holds his son Grant as they watch the waves from Pequot Point beach as Tropical Storm Henri approaches, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
David Jeancy, from New London, Conn., holds his son Grant as they watch the waves from Pequot Point beach as Tropical Storm Henri approaches, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in New London, Conn. (AP/Stew Milne)

Ryan Madigan, and his daughter Charolette Madigan, 11, of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., stand along a beach in Montauk, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, as Henri churns up waves as the storm approaches. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Ryan Madigan, and his daughter Charolette Madigan, 11, of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., stand along a beach in Montauk, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, as Henri churns up waves as the storm approaches. (AP/Craig Ruttle)

People fish as large waves hit the rocks at the Charlestown Breachway Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Charlestown, R.I. New Englanders, bracing for their first direct hit by a hurricane in 30 years, are taking precautions as Tropical Storm Henri barrels toward the southern New England coast. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
People fish as large waves hit the rocks at the Charlestown Breachway Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Charlestown, R.I. New Englanders are taking precautions as Tropical Storm Henri barrels toward the southern New England coast. (AP/Stew Milne)

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Waves pound the beaches of Montauk, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, as a severe weather system approaches. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A woman walks in the rain fall on Penfield beach as Tropical Storm Henri approaches, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Fairfield, Conn. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Man walking dog in the rain.
Waves crash against the sea wall near New London Harbor Lighthouse as Tropical Storm Henri approaches Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
David Jeancy, from New London, Conn., holds his son Grant as they watch the waves from Pequot Point beach as Tropical Storm Henri approaches, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in New London, Conn. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
People fish as large waves hit the rocks at the Charlestown Breachway Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Charlestown, R.I. New Englanders, bracing for their first direct hit by a hurricane in 30 years, are taking precautions as Tropical Storm Henri barrels toward the southern New England coast. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Amplifying a risk of storms is an area of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere over Virginia: “With those two things combined, expect some slow moving showers and thunderstorms to develop after lunchtime, although a few spotty ones could be possible prior to noon,” said Ricketts.



 

The National Weather Service said radar indicated some of the storms carried wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter-sized hail.

Ricketts added that there’s a chance of a few showers and thunderstorms into the overnight and through early Monday, too.

“The best chance of some showers and thunderstorms on Monday morning looks to be north and east of D.C. with conditions slowly improving” later in the day, leading to partly sunny skies.

Ricketts forecasts Monday’s temperatures will top out near 90, with humid conditions. Tuesday will deliver “plenty of sunshine,” with temperatures in the low 90s.

She said that while the remainder of the workweek will see temperatures in the low to mid 90s along with sunny skies, there will be some isolated chances of afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday through Friday.

Ricketts expects a cold front will approach the D.C. region Friday into Saturday, and that could bring some showers and thunderstorms for the upcoming weekend as the front may stall.


Forecast:

Sunday night: Widely Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Rain may be heavy at times. Lows upper 60s to lower 70s.
Monday: Partly sunny. A few showers and thunderstorms. Highs upper 80s to lower 90s.
Tuesday: Sunny and hot. Highs in the lower 90s.
Wednesday/Thursday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid with isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Highs in the low to mid 90s.


Current conditions:

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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