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Washington, D.C. fireworks forecast

July 4, 2012 - 08:18 AM
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As you enjoy the fireworks display this evening, be properly prepared for the weather.

Our nation's capital is the place to be for Independence Day, but it often goes hand in hand with heat, humidity and pop-up storms, and this year will be no exception.  Get outdoors and enjoy the day, but take the necessary precautions as heat and lightning will be your main threats.  It will feel like it's 100° to 105°, and random, unorganized storms will come and go throughout the daylight hours typically lasting approximately 30 to 45 minutes.  You can always access Live Super Doppler 7 here.

At fireworks time, most of the storms should have come to an end (diurnally driven), but there is a slight chance that a few could linger toward 10 p.m.  The concert on the National Mall starts at 8 p.m., and I can't rule out a few storms in the D.C. area at that time.  If you're headed downtown for the events, pack the umbrella, be prepared for the chance of a brief delay to the concert and know where the nearest building is located to seek shelter from possible lightning.  By the way, you are safe from lightning in a vehicle too. 

Temperatures will drop from the mid/upper 90s in the afternoon to the upper 80s by the time fireworks fill the dark sky, and the humidity will be thick and uncomfortable.  Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated (no, beer doesn't count).  Enjoy the holiday, and happy 236th birthday America - you don't look a day older than 235. 

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