Washington – Tuesday afternoon and evening is a stormy time for millions of people living in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, as severe thunderstorms could arrive just in time to disrupt the evening commute.
Although it will be a quiet morning across the region, a weak trough of low pressure will push in warm, moist air Tuesday afternoon and set the stage for the development of scattered strong thunderstorms in the evening.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has put nearly 10 million people in the Washington and Baltimore area at level 2 out of 5 on its severe weather danger scale.
A scale of 5-point severe thunderstorm hazard category is explained
Winds of at least 60 mph and occasional hail are possible along with heavy rain and occasional thunderstorms. Fortunately, the hurricane threat is low.
A Level 1 threat of severe weather extends north of the I-95 corridor, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston, where scattered severe thunderstorms are possible, including some isolated storms.
Then comes the heat that feels like triple digits
If the storm passes the coast Tuesday night, attention turns to a growing heat wave in the Northeast for the rest of the week, which could pose another threat if power outages from Tuesday’s storm linger and air conditioning is lost.
Highs on Wednesday will move into the low 90s, then climb into the mid 90s on Thursday, combined with high humidity to help “feel” temperatures exceed 100 across the region.
It will remain hot and humid through Saturday, with highs moving well into the 90s and even nudging near 100, with heat index readings topping 110 degrees.
Cooler relief is forecast for Sunday and Monday as highs drop into the 80s.
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