Severe thunderstorms are rolling through the D.C. area for a second evening in a row amid dangerously hot temperatures Wednesday.
Storm warnings were in effect for parts of D.C. and some surrounding counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
As of 6:30 p.m., more than 14,000 Dominion Energy customers were without power in Northern Virginia. More than 10,000 Pepco customers were without power in Montgomery County, Maryland.
A large tree toppled down on Wildwood Road in Bethesda, Maryland.
The new storms come just a day after powerful storms tore through the region.
A heat advisory was issued in the D.C. area Wednesday through 8 p.m. The heat index could hit 105°, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s.
D.C. has activated its heat emergency plan. Call 311 or go here to find a cooling center near you.
To stay safe in extreme heat, avoid spending time in the sun, drink extra water and wear loose-fitting, light clothing. If you walk your dog, remember the sidewalk may be too hot for their paws.
The only break from baking heat could come from a round of afternoon storms, most likely between 3 and 9 p.m.
Rain chances are 80%. Frequent lightning is one of the big risk factors with Wednesday’s storms. If you hear thunder, get inside as quickly as possible.
DC Area Weather Radar
Dangerously Hot Week in DC Area
Thursday is set to be the hottest day of this stretch and D.C. might reach 100° for the first time since Aug. 15, 2016, Storm Team4 says.
The weather alert is set to be upgraded to an excessive heat watch on Thursday: Temperatures may approach 100°.
The heat index could crack 105° west of Interstate 95 and approach 105° near and east of I-95, the National Weather Service says.
Rain chances are only 20% which will help temperatures skyrocket.
Friday will remain hot with a heat index of about 100° to 105° amid a 40% chance for showers and thunder.
On Saturday, temperatures will likely max out about 90°, and there’s an 80% chance of rain.
Real relief from heat should come by Sunday. There’s a 40% rain chance and highs are forecast to reach the mid-80s.
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.