The threat of severe thunderstorms is pretty much over for the day, but not before dropping buckets of rain to some parts of the D.C. area Monday. Here’s what you need to know.
The severe threat ended after sunset, according to Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford, but as the cold front stalls, “showers and a few thunderstorms may continue overnight.”
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Temperatures reached the low- to mid 90s on Monday, and it was muggy despite being a few degrees cooler than Sunday.
The storms brought some heavy downpours that led to some flooding concerns across the area, as well as lots of lightning and thunder.
The National Weather Service warned residents to take precautions and take breaks in the shade if outdoors.
Looking ahead, there’s a chance of storms everyday this week through Thursday.
The good news for residents who are tired of the heat? It will still be incredibly humid on Tuesday, but temperatures will only top out in the low to mid 80s, Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said.
Storm Team4 expects temperatures to fall Tuesday from the near 100-degree days the area experienced over the weekend.
Today will be the last in our current heat wave but the transition to cooler weather comes with a risk of severe storms this afternoon and evening. Stay WEATHER ALERT with @nbcwashington all afternoon. Rain chances will hang around for most of the week ahead. pic.twitter.com/03wghTMmEy
— Chuck Bell (@ChuckBell4) July 25, 2022
Where to cool off
Mayor Muriel Bowser activated the District’s heat emergency plan to open up cooling centers; residents can find locations online.
In Maryland, the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation has a list of cooling centers available. Residents are asked to check-in at the facility’s front desk when they arrive.
Anne Arundel County’s cooling centers are open throughout the summer. Find a list of those locations on the county’s cooling website.
In Virginia, the City of Alexandria offers cooling centers to residents throughout the summer. Find more information on where to go on the city’s website.
MONDAY NIGHT: Staying cloudy overnight. Very muggy. Lows in the upper 60s to mid 70s.
TUESDAY: Cloudy and cooler. Occasional showers likely. Some thunder possible. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
WEDNESDAY: Warm again, mostly cloudy and humid. Scattered storms likely. Heat Index of 95 to 100.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Very humid. Heat Index 95-100. Scattered afternoon storms. Highs in the mid to upper 80s.
WTOP’s Valerie Bonk and Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.