Severe storms leave behind damage; heat and humidity back Wednesday with more thunderstorms possible into the evening

It was quite the atmospheric battle Tuesday afternoon as severe storms featuring hail and prolific lightning blew up quickly and pummeled the sizzling temperatures that were in the 90s down into the 70s.

Wednesday will be day five of our heat wave and it will be another humid day with temperatures back in the low 90s. The heat index – a gauge of how hot it feels outside based on the temperature and humidity – will make it feel like it is between 95 and 100 degrees.

Expect a decent amount of cloud cover through the morning hours with even a light shower or two possible prior to the noon hour. We could mix in some sun between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. but the morning clouds should keep highs in the low 90s compared to the middle 90s of the past three days.

Yes, we will likely see thunderstorms scattered around the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia region again in the afternoon. But if clouds dominate it will limit both the coverage and the intensity of these storms.

Heat relief is coming in less than 48 hours! Highs near 86 degrees are expected on Friday and sunshine and temperatures in the 80s on Saturday and Sunday.

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