From the ABC 7 Weather team

Storms possible this afternoon; hot weather later this week

May 24, 2011 - 02:15 PM
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The chance for severe weather exists again this afternoon as a frontal system moves towards the region. A brief moderation in the heat is expected Wednesday before hot weather enters the rest of the week.

This Afternoon: Afternoon T-Storms Possible

Highs: Upper 80s to Near 90 | Wind: W 10-15 m.p.h.

Overnight: Partly Cloudy, Warm

Lows: 60s | Wind: NW 5 m.p.h.

Wednesday: Partly Cloudy, Iso. PM T-Storm

Highs: Mid 80s | Wind: SE 4-8 m.p.h.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 8pm for Culpeper, Stafford, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Page and Madison Counties and points south in Virginia and northern North Carolina. Also, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties are in the watch in Maryland.

A frontal system will push into the region this afternoon which will bring the chance for showers and thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe with damaging wind gusts and large hail possible. Highs will be very warm in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. Tonight, storms will come to an end and skies will become partly cloudy with lows in the 60s.

Wednesday will still be quite warm with highs in the low to mid 80s under partly cloudy skies. An isolated thunderstorm will be possible tomorrow afternoon and evening. Thursday will be hot with highs back near the 90 degree mark under partly cloudy skies. Isolated storms will be possible again Thursday. Friday, it appears there is a better chance for storms with hot temperatures again near the 90 degree mark.

Temperatures appear to moderate for the weekend with highs in the mid 80s Saturday and Sunday and possibly into the lower 80s on Monday. Afternoon thunderstorms appear to be a possibility both Saturday and Sunday before high pressure moves overhead Monday.

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