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* Code orange air quality alert for Tuesday *

8:30 p.m. update: Storms now moving south and away from the Beltway, with southern Prince George’s County under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9 p.m. due to the potential for damaging wind gusts near 60 mph and half-dollar size hail.

The severe storms sweeping through the area have taken down numerous trees, at least 100 of them in the District according to emergency manager reports. Several trees and wires down were reported in Montgomery County near Glenmont, Silver Spring and North Takoma Park. Some locations also received as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain in 30 minutes or less.

7:40 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warnings for a few storm cells around the D.C. area this evening. Earlier there was a threat of large hail, but the two warnings currently in effect across parts of Northern Virginia, D.C., and Prince George’s County are due to the potential for damaging wind gusts up to near 60 mph. These storms are also producing heavy downpours and dangerous lightning. They last for about 20-30 minutes for any given location.

From earlier...

Today was the rare overperfomer this summer when it comes to heat. The District’s high of 97 marked the highest temperature of the summer so far. We may be just as hot tomorrow. Thankfully, humidity isn’t as torturous as it can be this time of year.

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Through Tonight: Showers and storms to the northwest drift southeast across parts of the area this evening and may strengthen a bit. They’re widely scattered but could produce briefly heavy rain, gusty winds and frequent lightning. Clouds clear overnight, as temperatures make it to the upper 60s and lower 70s for lows. Winds turn to come from the northwest after dark.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Plan on lots of sun from start to finish. Highs should make it to the mid-90s in most spots. With dew points in the low 60s or so, humidity won’t feel too bad, at least. Winds are light from the northwest. There’s a very slight chance of a late-day storm.

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July is hot: Today marked the 16th day at or above 90 degrees this month. That’s a bit above normal for the entire month of 15 days, and we seem poised to add at least three more before July ends. Nineteen days at or above 90 in July would rank among the top 25 for that metric. But when it comes to 95-degree days, like today, we’ve only had two this summer compared to about 10 in an average year in recent decades.

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