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Published on May 09, 2024
D.C. Braces for Showers and Thunderstorms; Coastal Flood Advisory in EffectSource: Unsplash/ Ryoji Iwata

D.C. residents should brace for a potentially wet and stormy week ahead, with forecasters predicting a mix of showers and thunderstorms putting a dampener on outdoor plans. According to the National Weather Service, there's a 50% chance of showers today, mainly after 5PM, with the humidity level standing at a sticky 70%. The skies will remain overcast, and the temperature is expected to peak at a comfortable 72°F. Winds are slated to pick up, coming from the east at 5 to 9 mph.

As evening draws near, the chance of precipitation ramps up to 60%, with showers and thunderstorms expected before 8PM. New rainfall amounts could range between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, but thunderstorms might bring higher totals. "Special Marine Warnings for strong storms capable of producing wind gusts over 34 knots may be needed for portions of the waters this afternoon and evening," the National Weather Service cautions. These conditions are forecast to persist through the weekend, with a 40% to 60% chance of showers leading into Tuesday.

The weather outlook isn't all gray clouds and rain, however. Monday is set to partly clear up, boasting mostly sunny skies with a high near a balmy 75°F. As we roll into midweek, residents and visitors alike should buckle up for a return of showers, with Wednesday holding a 60% likelihood of rain.

Additionally, a Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect until noon EDT today, warns the National Weather Service. “Up to one half foot of inundation above ground level in low lying areas due to tidal flooding,” states the advisory. Affected areas include the shoreline in the District of Columbia, notably along the seawall adjacent to Ohio Drive and the Hains Point Loop Road, near the Tidal Basin, and the Jefferson Memorial. Officials urge the public to exercise caution, advising not to drive around barricades or through water of unknown depth and to take measures to protect flood-prone property.