From the ABC 7 Weather team

Severe T-Storm Watch until 6pm for D.C., unsettled week ahead

May 23, 2011 - 02:36 PM
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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the entire viewing area until 6pm tonight. Large hail and damaging wind gusts will be possible in any storms.

This Afternoon: Severe T-Storms Possible

Highs: Mid 80s | Wind: SW 10 m.p.h.

Overnight: Storms Ending

Lows: 60s | Wind: S 4-8 m.p.h.

Tuesday: Partly Cloudy, T-Storms Possible

Highs: Upper 80s | Wind: SSW 5-10 m.p.h.

Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 6pm. A very warm and humid airmass has set up ahead of a frontal system and associated low pressure to the west. This heat and humidity will result in a very unstable airmass this afternoon which thunderstorms should not have a problem developing in. Currently the main threat in storms is damaging wind gusts, but there is enough shear in the atmosphere for an isolated tornado, so please stay alert and check for warnings later this afternoon. Highs today should reach the mid 80s.

Storms will come to an end this evening into tonight and skies will become partly cloudy with lows in the 60s. Tuesday will have another chance for thunderstorms with hot temperatures near the 90 degree mark. There is also a risk for severe storms tomorrow. Wednesday should see a bit of a lull in the action, but there is still a chance for an isolated thunderstorm.  There appears to be a better chance by Thursday evening and into Friday.

For the all important Memorial Day weekend, Saturday will continue to see the chance for thunderstorms, but Sunday and Monday look nice at this time with temperatures in the 80s each day. If you are heading to the beaches, be sure to check the Delmarva Beach update later this week.

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