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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for DC and parts of Virginia and Maryland

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The D.C. area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch. The best chance for thunderstorms is between 2-6 PM.

Northwest D.C. and other areas could be hit by a storm with damaging winds.

The areas with a warning include D.C., Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and Arlington and Falls Church in Virginia and Prince George's, Anne Arundel and Montgomery County in Maryland. DC, Arlington, Montgomery and Prince George's County's warnings should last until 3:45 p.m. while the others should last until 3:30 p.m. These alerts have since expired.

The areas put under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch included D.C., Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Charles, Prince Georeg's, Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties. The watch has now been lifted in Loudoun and Frederick Counties.

Follow the ABC7 Weather section for the latest updates.

Daytime highs on Saturday will get into the low 90s. Combined with dew points in the mid-60s to low 70s there is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere. An approaching weak boundary adds some extra lift in the atmosphere. These ingredients coming together could cause for some gusty thunderstorms this afternoon. The main impacts could be gusty winds, heavy rain and smaller sized hail. Be sure to download our StormWatch7 app so that you can track the storms and stay up to date with any watches or warnings that are issued. One bright side with this line of storms, is that it should move pretty quickly. By this evening partly cloudy skies return.

The boundary arriving today will also bring down dew points on Sunday. So, it will still be warm but not as humid. Sunday and Monday look to be great pool days other than a stray thunderstorm in spots. By the 4th of July holiday dew points increase for another hot and humid afternoon. Be sure to stay well hydrated and take breaks if spending an extended period of time outdoors. There is the added chance for a thunderstorm on Tuesday especially in the afternoon. Be sure to keep an eye to the sky. But, most of the day and firework shows should be mostly dry. The threat for thunderstorms on July 4th will be scattered and hit or miss.

Steadier rainfall arrives Wednesday through the latter half of the week, and the summertime feel continues.

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