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D.C. forecast: Afternoon cold front to bring storms, weekend focus on Irene

August 25, 2011 - 04:30 AM
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An advancing cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Some storms will become severe as temperatures rise to around 90 degrees.

This Afternoon: Showers and Thunderstorms, Some Severe

Highs: near 90° | Wind: SW 10-15 plus

Overnight: Showers and Storms Diminish

Lows: 65°-72° | Wind: W/NW 5-10

Friday: Partly Cloudy and Warm

Highs: mid 80s | Wind: E/NE 5-10

Showers and thunderstorms will develop during the afternoon hours as a cold front approaches from the northwest. Some storms may become severe, containing strong winds, periods of heavy rain, hail and frequent lightning. The front should pass by late evening before stalling along the coast. Thunderstorm chances will diminish overnight.

Quieter conditions are expected tomorrow with highs in the lower to middle 80s. All eyes are on Hurricane Irene and her progress toward the Atlantic coast. Chances are good that she will be upgraded to a Category 4 today, with winds exceeding 130 miles per hour. At this point, models indicate a rough weekend for the Delmarva beaches, breezy conditions for the D.C. metro with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

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