UPDATED FORECAST: After hail and strong winds, most storms will move out of the metropolitan area

6:20 PM – After another day of record heat, storms that produced hail and damaging winds are retreating in western Washington.

Multiple severe thunderstorms developed in western Washington this afternoon and early evening, some of which produced damaging wind gusts that downed trees as well as hail up to about an inch in diameter. The map above shows areas where the National Weather Service has received reports of wind damage (mainly due to fallen trees) and hail.

Widespread showers and scattered storms are still possible this evening, but the risk of severe weather has decreased.

The storms came on the heels of another extremely hot day in which highs reached the upper 90s. The highest levels at airports were 98 at Reagan National, 97 at Dulles International Airport, and 98 at BWI Marshall Airport. The 97 in Dallas was a Calendar Day record.

The capital region’s heat wave is the most intense on record late in the year

Scroll down for forecasts through Friday.

Original forecast from the afternoon

Temperatures are rising to near-record levels again today as a cold front begins to approach the region. Humidity makes the weather hotter, especially in the region and the east, where heat index values ​​reach around 105 this afternoon. And the weak cold front heading towards us helps raise some severe storms in the western part of the region amid high temperatures.

Strong to severe storms will continue to develop through the evening. We expect the largest concentration to remain north and west of the region, with more sporadic activity to the east.

The National Meteorological Directorate issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area until 9 p.m., remember that a severe thunderstorm He watches It means that conditions are ripe for severe storms, but it does not guarantee that your location will be hit. Stay alert. But if a severe thunderstorm warning issued for a location, it means that a storm is imminent or occurring and you must seek shelter immediately.

The storm watch area is large, extending from northern Virginia to all parts of Albany, New York

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During this night: Scattered rain and storms are possible during the evening. Some can turn strong to severe, with the potential for isolated destructive storm surges along with small hail, frequent lightning and heavy rain. While storms may not be quite as strong after dark, some can linger until around midnight. It stays humid, so lows will range from around 70 to mid 70s.

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tomorrow Friday): Partly to mostly sunny skies lasting throughout the day. We could see a few showers and storms late in the day, with better odds in the evening. Highs are near 90 and in the low 90s. The south wind keeps us fairly wet.

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Jason Samino contributed to this report.

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