SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH until 5am

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH has just been issued by the National Weather Service for the entire area until 5am.  Strong storms moving in from the northwest may produce damaging winds, frequent lightning, hail and torrential rain.

THIS EVENING: It will remain very warm and sticky humid this evening. Temperatures will drop through the 80s to the upper 70s tonight. There is an isolated threat for storms, some of which may produce torrential downpours and gusty strong winds. Showers and storms will become more scattered overnight as a line of storms moves in from the Great Lakes areas. Temps will fall through the 80s but conditions remain warm and muggy.

Evening Forecast

OVERNIGHT: A cold front will continue to sag southeast. As it enters a very moist and warm environment, scattered showers and thunderstorms become more widespread into the morning hours. Some of the storms may be strong to severe with the main threats being damaging winds, hail, frequent lightning and very heavy downpours. Lows in the morning will be very warm in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Severe Threat

TOMORROW: The front slowly sags through the area Thursday keeping scattered showers and storms in the forecast until early afternoon. With the front finally moving into Maryland by late afternoon, our storm chances will diminish and temperatures will be several degrees cooler in the low to mid 80s. It will take a little longer for the drier air to filter in so it will still feel humid for much of the day.

Hour by Hour

OUTLOOK:  We get a break from the humidity and storms on Friday but not for long as our storm chances increase into the weekend as wave develops on the same boundary and pulls it back to the north enough to trigger showers and storms for Saturday. High temps will be cooler in the upper 70s. High pressure builds south out of Canada and keeps the next few days quiet. So Sunday and Monday expect partly cloudy skies with highs in the low 80s Sunday and mid 80s for Monday. Warm front moves in from the southwest early Tuesday which will bring our next threat for showers and storms. The cold front comes in Wednesday so we hang on to the unsettled weather through mid-week. Highs will be increasing to the mid to upper 80s along with the humidity so the stickiness returns.

Humidity

Even though it has felt like summer this week, we officially don’t welcome summer until this Saturday.   We enter the warmest part of the year and sometimes the stormiest for us.

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MaryEllen Pann, Chief Meteorologist

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