Heat, Possible Storms Arrive With Solstice

Summer officially began at 1:16 p.m. Tuesday, and while you probably didn't feel the Earth tilt, you'll certainly feel the summer heat the next few days.

It will be warm and humid the rest of the day Tuesday with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the region, according to NBC Washington chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer.

Any storms that do develop through the late afternoon and early evening hours could produce very heavy rain. Some of the storms could be severe.

The storm story will be the same for Wednesday and Thursday, as well. Each day has a chance for some of those storms to be on the strong to severe side.

Once difference from Tuesday, however: temperatures should be a little warmer and there will be more humidity. Temps could bump up into the low 90s. Add in the humidity and the heat index will reach into the mid-90s.

Kammerer said those conditions won't reach advisory material, but it will still be uncomfortable, nonetheless.

So ponder that while you read more about the arrival of the summer solstice here.

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