Air Quality, Storms – NBC4 Washington
Smoke from wildfires in the west is expected to lower the DC area’s air quality to Code Orange on Wednesday ahead of potential strong to severe thunderstorms.
The haze seen in the sky on Tuesday will be back, but with a bigger impact on air quality, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said.
Air quality is expected to be downgraded from code yellow to code orange on Wednesday, meaning the air could be unhealthy for sensitive groups. Children and adults with heart or breathing problems may want to limit the time outdoors.
Most people wouldn’t be affected, but it’s not a great day for outdoor training.
The pollution is expected to be repelled by a system that could cause strong to severe storms in the DC area in the mid-90s highs.
Thunderstorms are possible from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Overall, there is a 30-40% chance of thunderstorms.
All thunderstorms are expected to dissipate Wednesday evening. Thursday and Friday will be a summer treat with cooler, less humid days with highs in the 80s.
Saturday will be the better half of the weekend with only a small chance of a storm or two in the late afternoon.
The risk of rain will increase from Sunday to Monday as temperatures once again hover around 90 °.