July 23, 2020

Slow-moving, tropical-like storms hit DC area, bringing possible flooding

Slow-moving, tropical-like storms hit DC area, bringing possible flooding

Thursday brings a bit of relief from the humidity, and the storms predicted for the afternoon won’t be as strong as Wednesday’s.

Thursday brought a bit of relief from the humidity, but not from scattered showers and storms that may bring damaging winds and heavy rainfall before midnight.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 9:45 p.m. Thursday for D.C.and parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. Southeastern Prince William County was issued a flash flood warning in effect until 1:45 a.m. Friday.

Arlington County, parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties; and the cities of Falls Church and Alexandria were under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9:30 p.m.

The evening began with a flash flood watch issued for D.C.; parts of Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties in Virginia; and parts of Montgomery and Prince George’s County in Maryland. It remains in effect until 2 a.m. Friday.

A flood warning is in effect until 2:30 a.m. Friday for parts of Fairfax County in Virginia and Prince George’s County in Maryland as well.

The storms are slow-moving and could produce some tropical-like downpours. The National Weather Service said the storms could have damaging winds that could cause some trees and large branches to fall and roadways to be blocked by downed trees.

After a cool start, Thursday’s highs were in the upper 80s to mid-90s, with a heat index between 96 to 101.

Friday will warm to around 90 degrees, and the weekend is looking dry, hot and a bit humid with plenty of sunshine.


  • Thursday night: Any remaining thunderstorms end. A few clouds. Warm and muggy with patchy fog. Lows: low to mid-70s.
  • Friday: Partly sunny. Hot but a little less humid. Scattered PM t’storms, mostly south of DC. Highs: mid-80s to near 90.
  • Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny. Hot and a bit humid. Highs: upper 80s to low 90s.
  • Sunday: Hazy, very hot and humid. Isolated afternoon thunderstorm possible. Highs: low 90s.

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