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Quick round of downpours to cycle through D.C. area this afternoon

Radar & lightning: Latest D.C. area radar shows movement of precipitation and lightning strikes over past two hours. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Overview: A line of showers, and possibly embedded thunder, has developed in D.C.’s western suburbs and will move west to east through the heart of the metro area between 1:25 and about 3:00 p.m.  Around 0.25 inch of rain is likely on average as this comes through (but locally as much as 0.5″), along with a few stronger wind gusts to around 30 mph.

3:00 p.m. update: What comes next? Not much. Short-range models show just a slight (20 percent) chance of widely scattered showers the remainder of the afternoon and evening. Nats game is looking pretty good with just a small shower chance. It will remain a bit humid under mostly cloudy skies (with a little sun at times), and temperatures warming back into the low-to-mid 80s. This is the last update. For our next forecast update, see our PM Update around 5 p.m.

2:50 p.m. update: The showers have exited the Beltway and are now sweeping through eastern Prince Geoge’s County into Anne Arundel County. They should arrive in Annapolis around 3 p.m. and exit into the Bay by 3:30 p.m.

2:10 p.m. update: The batch of showers now covers much of the region inside the Beltway and is starting to push into our eastern suburbs. It should reach Bowie and Clinton in the next 15 minutes. The heaviest activity is just east of downtown to around Mount Rainier.

1:45 p.m. update: Downpours from Bethesda to Annandale – moving into Silver Spring and Arlington next 15 minutes.

1:35 p.m. update: The leading edge of these showers have reached Bethesda and Burke.  The heaviest activity is around Fairfax.  This entire complex will move inside the Beltway over the next 15 minutes and push through the District over the next 45 minutes or so.

Radar screenshot at 1:22 p.m.




Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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