From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for D.C. area

September 8, 2012 - 01:10 PM
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A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the D.C. area until 10 p.m. The storm is expected to approach the area between 3 and 4 p.m.

This Afternoon: Strong Storms Possible, Windy

Highs: 85-88 | Wind: S 15-20/G 30

Tonight: Lingering Rain, Late Clearing

Lows: 55-62 | Rain: 80% Chance

Sunday: Sunny, Cooler, Less Humid

Highs: 74-78 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

After a week of unrelenting humidity and tropical downpours, Saturday  will unfortunately offer more of the same.  But it will likely be the last of the sultry days for the immediate future.  A strong cold front from the Midwest is poised to move through the Mid-Atlantic, bringing with it the possibility of high winds, drenching rain and hail.  Winds from the northwest could gust up to 30 mph, as the storm ushers in cooler and much drier air for the coming days.  Highs Saturday will again head for the upper 80s, continuing this month's hot streak. To date, each day has been well above average as September is running six degrees above normal. 

Sunday however will see a reversal of our recent ill fortune.  Look for highs in the mid 70s and dew points dropping into the 50s.  That pattern of refreshment should last through much of the coming week. Mostly sunny days in the 70s and low 80s -  and low humidity -  should give us a very pleasant last full week of summer.

Be alert to any severe weather warnings this afternoon, and then prepare to relax on what promises to be a more sedate and comfortable Sunday!

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