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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 06/18/2009

PM Update: Storms Depart, Quiet Night Ahead

Warm on Friday; More storms late?

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Thunderstorms that moved through the area during the early afternoon and brought locally heavy rain -- National Airport received .84" in an hour -- have departed to the south and east while gaining some strength in the process. As we head into evening, expect partly sunny skies and a chance of an additional isolated storm prior to sunset.

Through Tonight: Maybe an isolated storm before sunset, especially south and east of the District. Otherwise, partly sunny skies should boost late-afternoon temperatures back to near 80 (after having been there earlier in the day before falling through the 70s with the midday storms). Overnight, partly cloudy and possibly some patchy fog with lows in the mid-60s.

Tomorrow (Friday): Friday will be partly cloudy and warm. Much of the day should be rain-free, though some isolated showers may pop up in the afternoon and some thunderstorms may begin to approach from the west by evening. Mid-80s should do it for highs, perhaps a few upper 80s if we get enough sun.

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June Rains: After this afternoon's batch of storms, rainfall totals for June are now over 6" at Dulles and over 5" for both National and BWI with some other spots seeing well over 1" the last 24 hours. Rains over the last few days have been a bit hit-or-miss with showery activity, but the whole region remains well above average for both the month and year.

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