7:30 p.m. update: A line of showers and thunderstorms will move west to east across the D.C. area during the next hour or so, with areas of heavy rain, lightning, and winds gusting over 40 mph. For any given location, the rain shouldn’t last much more than about 30 minutes once it starts.

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Despite gray skies and some morning rain, clouds cleared out of the area during the midday and temperatures responded by soaring. Highs ended up right around 80 in most spots. Now we await the potential of some cooling showers and storms. It’s another toasty one tomorrow, and we have another storm risk to deal with late Friday, as well.

Through Tonight: We’ll need to watch showers and storms to the west, as some should slip through the area during the mid- to late evening. A brief shower is possible before that. Coverage is hard to bet on for now, although hit-or-miss seems the best bet. Any activity could have lightning and briefly intense rain, but severe weather is not anticipated. Skies remain partly to mostly cloudy through the night as lows settle into a near-60-to-mid-60s range.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Friday): It’s a warm and muggy start, which signals the predominant weather of the day. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds for much of it, but showers and storms are possible in the afternoon through evening. There’s a slightly higher threat of some isolated severe weather, but I wouldn’t expect anything too bad. Mainly a damaging wind threat in a few spots. Before any storms, highs rise to the low and mid-80s.

Flowers scattered along a path. (chasingmailboxes via Flickr)

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Pollen update: Tree pollen is HIGH at 494.57 grains/cubic meter. Mold spores are low/moderate. Grass and weed pollen is low.

More tornadoes: We knew right away that April 6 delivered at least two tornadoes to D.C., in addition to reports of tornadoes farther west. The D.C.-Baltimore National Weather Service office has now confirmed there were seven touchdowns in its forecast area that day. All were brief, and all were rated EF0, which is the weakest on a six-point scale. Each tornado came from segments within a squall line that raced through the area during the middle of the day. Jeff Halverson detailed how it came together the day after, and Jason Samenow recapped damage reports across the area.

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