A line of severe thunderstorms is expected to reach the D.C. area Monday night after a day of strong winds and record-breaking warmth.
StormTeam4 is in Weather Alert mode due to the risk of rain and severe thunderstorms. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for some counties north of the D.C. metro area until 9 p.m.
Wind speeds were about 20 mph in the early evening, and those winds are expected to ramp up as high as 50 mph or higher later tonight, Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said.
A wind advisory is in effect for the entire D.C. region through 1 a.m. Tuesday.
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Along with the high winds, Kammerer said a cold front moving toward the region will bring a line of thunderstorms with it. Those storms are expected around 6 or 7 p.m. and will last through 8 to 9 p.m., he said.
Strong winds could bring down tree branches, Kammerer warned.
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Temperatures will also plummet. A cold northwest wind will drop temperatures some 40° between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Tuesday is set to be breezy but dry, with high temperatures in the mid-50s. There’s an 80% chance of rain Wednesday, with high temperatures in the mid-40s.
We’re looking at highs in the upper 40s on Thursday, mid-50s on Friday and low 60s on Saturday. There’s an 80% chance of rain Saturday. Then Sunday is set to be dry, with a high temp of 40.