Numerous thunderstorms are walloping the D.C. area and could generate flash floods Friday.
Flood warnings are in effect for D.C., Alexandria and parts of Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia.
Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect in Prince George's, Charles, Fairfax and Prince William counties.
The hazard with the storms are wind gusts up to 60 mph, which could cause some trees and large branches to fall; it could also cause unsecured light objects to become projectiles, the weather service said.
Power outages in some areas are possible, the weather service said.
Severe weather will slowly move east, drenching the region during the dinner hours and sticking around through about 10 p.m., Storm Team4 Meteorologist Amelia Draper said.
DC-Area Weather Radar
A flash flood watch has been issued from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. for D.C. and parts of the metro area, including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and Arlington County, Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax County in Virginia. Here’s a full list of weather alerts.
Remember, if you encounter high water: Turn around, don’t drown.
Highs reached the low 90s by Friday afternoon. But with the humidity, the heat index neared 100°.
It's been a very rainy August in the D.C. area, but not everyone is getting an equal share of the deluge. Reagan National Airport recorded 8.81 inches of rain this month, compared to 4.27 inches at Dulles International and 3.67 at Baltimore Washington International airports, Storm Team4 says.
Rain chances will also stick around this weekend, Storm Team4 says. However, those chances will fall from 80% Friday to 40% on Saturday and 20% on Sunday, so plan on Sunday being the drier half of the weekend.
The weekend is also set to be cooler, with highs in the 85° to 90° range.
Next week will start hot with 40% chances for rain on Monday and Tuesday.
Keep your rain gear on hand: By Wednesday and Thursday the D.C. area could be dealing with the impacts of Tropical Storm Ida, Storm Team4 says.
Ida is currently swirling near Cuba, could become a hurricane by Saturday morning. Storm Team4 will continue to track Ida’s potential impacts on the D.C. area.