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Warmer stretch is here along with a few storm chances into the weekend

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Much warmer weather will enter the area for the end of the week into the weekend. Instead of temperatures in the 50s and 60s with rain, the DC area will surge into the 80s along with a few storm chances.

The pesky cut-off low has finally exited stage right into the Atlantic. Behind it, ridging will begin over the eastern half of the U.S. allowing for temperatures to rise above average. The normal high for April 26th is 70 degrees, so we’ll be around 10-20 degrees above average across the DC area over the next several days.

Highs Thursday and Friday should reach the mid 80s. The majority of that time period will remain dry, but a weak cold front will pass through the area late Thursday after sunset. While models were mainly dry over the past few days, it now appears there may be enough moisture and instability to sustain a few storms after sunset through bedtime Thursday night.

The warmest day ahead looks to be Saturday. Highs are expected to reach the upper 80s, and may reach the 90 degree mark for the first time this year. This may depend on wind direction at Reagan National since the Potomac is still at a chilly 64 degrees.

Severe Storm Threat?

While the area isn’t in a severe outlook Saturday from SPC, there’s still going to be a lot of available instability due to the added heat and moisture. There’s not much of a lifting mechanism besides the differential heating in the mountains. We’re expecting a few storms to develop in the afternoon after 3pm west of the Blue Ridge and move east towards the Metro by 6pm. A few storms may be strong to severe, but we’ll be able to give you a little more detail in the next few days. Basically, keep your StormWatch7 App handy and keep an eye out for storms.

Big Cool-Down Sunday

Much cooler air will filter into the area by Sunday. High pressure will settle to the north and east of DC ensuring northeasterly winds and cooler temperatures. Instead of highs near 90 which we were anticipating earlier this week, they may only reach the mid 70s locally.

We’re anticipating a bit of a spread from north to south, with highs in the 60s near Baltimore and closer to the mid 80s for Fredericksburg and points south.

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