From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. rainy Monday: Timing and intensity

October 7, 2013 - 04:46 AM
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The dry spell and hot weather will soon be over with a strong front sliding through today.


Trees came down in Winchester as powerful storms pushed through Monday morning. Photo: Richard Reeve

It has already been an eventful morning throughout the D.C. area, with Tornado Warnings going up and down and a Tornado Watch in effect through early Monday evening.

Monday's early rain is helping eradicate a major dry spell. The rainfall deficit is over three inches in the Nation's Capital since Sept. 1. 

Not only has it been dry, but hot too. On both Friday and Sunday, highs at Reagan National climbed into the lower 90s! 

Get ready for big changes in the temperature department after this front slides through Monday.  The heaviest rain looks likely after the noon hour and into the middle afternoon - likely between noon and 4 p.m. 

Along with downpours, a few isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible, which could contain damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado.

Here's a simulation of the rainfall via our in-house computer model.  Notice the heavy line that slides through D.C. between 1 and 3 p.m.

Rainfall estimates will range between 1 and 2 inches.  Even though it's rain we desperately need, it's a lot in a fairly short amount of time, so be extra cautious on the roads with localized flooding possible.


Most of the rain should be east of I-95 by 6 p.m. with gradual clearing expected overnight. 

Temperatures will tumble overnight into the 40s in the suburbs to middle 50s downtown. Nn Tuesday, highs will struggle to reach 70 degrees.  Talk about some fall temperature swings! 

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