A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 7 PM for the DMV

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 7 PM for D.C. and surrounding areas. The main threats will be damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph, hail to 1.5″ in diameter, and brief tornadoes.

Storms will exit far southeastern Virginia by late evening, with clearing area-wide overnight.

Lows will drop into the upper 40s by daybreak.

Much cooler weather will return to the area Thursday through Saturday as strong high pressure settles into the region.

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