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Storms Hit DC Area With Rain, Lightning Amid More Extreme Heat

Storm Team4 declared a Weather Alert for extreme heat and storms on Friday

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Severe thunderstorms hit the D.C. area with rain and lightning Friday for the third evening in a row.

Storm warnings in effect for D.C. and surrounding counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia have expired.

High winds and rain brought down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power Friday night.

Flooding caused Montgomery County police to shut down a busy section of Bradley Boulevard for safety reasons.

Lightning struck a tree, ignited a fence and burned down a tool shed in the Wheaton area, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

DC Area Weather Radar

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 8 p.m. Friday for the entire D.C. area.

View all severe weather alerts and all affected areas online here.

Thursday was the hottest day of the year so far, and Dulles International Airport saw a record high for Aug. 12 of 100°. The persistent heat continued Friday.

A heat advisory was issued for the D.C. area through 7 p.m. Friday.

D.C. activated its heat emergency plan. Call 311 or go here to find a cooling center near you.

Summer storms are likely again on Saturday.

On Saturday, we’ll start to transition out of the hottest streak of weather so far this year.

Temperatures will likely stay below 90° with lower humidity.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected from midday to the evening. Downpours could set off flooding, Storm Team4 says.

If you’ve been suffering through the heat, you’ll get relief by Sunday as highs stay in the low 80s. A lingering morning shower is possible, then expect mostly cloudy skies.

Storm Team4 is tracking comfortable summer temps in the 80s and rain chances for next week.

Tips for Coping With Extreme Heat

  • Stay inside when possible, or find places in the shade or with air conditioning.
  • Check on your neighbors. Young children, seniors, and those with access and functional needs are the most vulnerable. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar. 
  • Keep pets inside. Walk pets early in the morning, give them plenty of water and don't leave them in vehicles, which can reach dangerous temperatures within 10 minutes. For all animal emergencies, including animals left outside in extreme temperatures or in vehicles, call the Humane Rescue Alliance at (202) 723-5730. 
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen. Pick lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats. Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Stay with Storm Team4 for the latest forecast.

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