Strong storms on tap in Washington DC area Friday – NBC4 Washington

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Showers and isolated storms, some of which could be strong, will wash over the DC area on Friday, so have an umbrella handy.

Plan for two main chances of rain, says Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell.

Expect showers before noon.

From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. there is a risk of severe thunderstorms. Devastating gusts of wind, brief periods of heavy rain and frequent lightning would be the main threats.

Severe weather prospects are most severe in the DC metro area and south, says the National Weather Service.

The strength of the storms will depend on how much rain falls before noon and how hot it gets after the first showers have rolled off, Bell says.

“When you get that rain before lunch, it often extracts the instability from the atmosphere,” Bell said. “That would reduce our chances of severe weather later today.”

Temperatures will easily hit the 80s and will likely peak at around 86°.

Most if not all storms will be over by midnight and skies will clear by sunrise.

Weekend forecast for DC, Maryland and Virginia

The weekend forecast is looking good for your outdoor plans.

Saturday will be dry with a nice, noticeable drop in humidity. Expect mid-80s highs. Sunday will be wetter with a 20 percent chance of late day showers.

The next big chance for rain and storms in the DC area comes on Monday. There is a 60% chance of rain and thunder, with local heavy rain possible.

The high heat is expected to return for the remainder of next week.

Stay tuned to Storm Team4 for the latest prediction. Download the NBC Washington app on iOS and Android to get severe weather alerts on your phone.

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