D.C. rainy Monday: Timing and intensity

      It has already been an eventful morning throughout the D.C. area, with Tornado Warnings going up and down and a Tornado Watch in effect through early Monday evening.

      Monday's early rain is helping eradicate a major dry spell. The rainfall deficit is over three inches in the Nation's Capital since Sept. 1.{}

      Not only has it been dry, but hot too. On both Friday and Sunday, highs at Reagan National climbed into the lower 90s!{}

      Get ready for big changes in the temperature department after this front slides through Monday.{} The heaviest rain looks likely after the noon hour and into the middle afternoon - likely between noon and 4 p.m.{}

      Along with downpours, a few isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible, which could contain damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado.

      Here's a simulation of the rainfall via our in-house computer model.{} Notice the heavy line that slides through D.C. between 1 and 3 p.m.

      Rainfall estimates will range between 1 and 2 inches.{} Even though it's rain we desperately need, it's a lot in a fairly short amount of time, so be extra cautious on the roads with localized flooding possible.


      Most of the rain should be east of I-95 by 6 p.m. with gradual clearing expected overnight.{}

      Temperatures will tumble overnight into the 40s in the suburbs to middle 50s downtown. Nn Tuesday, highs will struggle to reach 70 degrees.{} Talk about some fall temperature swings!{}