DC area to see another round of storms Saturday

The pattern of hot days and stormy afternoons in the D.C. area is expected to continue this weekend. Here’s what you need to know.

There could be a pop-up shower Saturday morning, mostly south of D.C. But the brunt of the weather event is expected in the afternoon or evening.

The National Weather Service said it is expecting an increasing chance of flooding through Saturday with “unsettled conditions” continuing for the entire weekend.
Showers and thunderstorms will arrive Saturday afternoon and the chance for wet weather continues through the late evening.

“We expect another round of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening storms; any storms could be severe with gusty winds and downpours,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli said.

Any storms could bring heavy rain and lightning, Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said.

Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and lower 90s for Saturday.

Heat indexes will top out near 100 on Saturday. The District’s Heat Emergency Plan activates at 1 p.m. to open cooling centers for residents.

A map of cooling centers is available online.

It will turn foggy overnight and temperatures will dip into the 70s, though it will still feel sticky.

There’s a chance of isolated afternoon storms or showers on Sunday and Monday, according to our weather gurus at Storm Team4.

The heat and humidity continue on Sunday but it will be slightly hotter on Monday.

Storm recovery efforts continues

Thousands remained without power across D.C., Maryland and Virginia on Friday as another round of strong storms swept through the region.

That storm brought roughly an inch of rain to the region, according to measurements taken at Reagan National and BWI Marshall airports.

D.C. Fire and EMS also reported some downed trees and a water rescue — several unoccupied vehicles remained stranded in high water overnight.

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Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell told WTOP that flooding persisted along some vulnerable roadways and low lying areas that were still dealing with Thursday’s deadly severe weather

Officials said that three people were killed after a severe storm brought lightning to Lafayette Square, just a short walk away from the White House. Another person is in critical condition, according to U.S. Park Police spokesperson Lt. James Dingeldein.

Meanwhile, miles away, another storm brought a tornadic water spout to land at Smith Island, Maryland, a chain of islands with roughly 200 residents. Officials said the potential tornado damaged 17 homes and caused some substantial power loss.

Governor Larry Hogan called the storm “another reminder of how smaller storms can turn into severe and damaging weather events.”

“Just spoke to Somerset County Sheriff Ron Howard regarding the situation on Smith Island following last night’s storm,” Hogan said. “Damage assessment teams are on the ground. We’ve offered him the full resources of the state to assist with the response”

While a fundraiser is underway to help alleviate the financial burden of the severe storm — it has raised more than $70,000 since it started — the problems of gaining resources and restoring power persist.

“Most everything and everyone that comes to Smith Island arrives by boat,” according to the Smith Island Center.

Forecast:

SATURDAY: Mostly to partly cloudy. Slight chance of stray morning shower. Showers/storms later in the day. Temps: Around 90. Heat Index: Near 100.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, sticky. Temps: 70s.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and humid. Isolated storms later in the day. Highs mid 80s to low 90s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny with isolated storm possible. Temps: Low to Mid 90s. Heat Index: Lower 100s.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. Small chance of a storm. Temps: Low to Mid 90s. Heat Index: Lower 100s.

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