07/18/2012 03:10 pm ET | Updated Jul 18, 2012

D.C. Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Strong Storms Threaten Nation's Capital

WASHINGTON -- As the nation's capital continues to bake under triple-digit temperatures, there's now the potential for severe storms to push through the region on Wednesday. Much of the D.C. region is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m.

According to WJLA-TV/ABC7, all three major D.C.-area airports are under a temporary ground stop as the severe storm approach the nation's capital from the north and west:

Temperatures near 100 degrees and dew points around 70 will make for large amounts of instability and could lead to severe weather in the form of damaging winds in some of these storms.

Capital Weather Gang reports:

A cold front sagging south from the Northeast this afternoon to the northern mid-Atlantic tonight - along with strong upper level winds - promises to trigger strong to severe thunderstorms across this area.

As of 4:40 p.m., smaller storm cells were pushing through the District of Columbia in advance of the main mass of the storms to the north and west of the city.

The D.C. region has been pounded by numerous severe storms in recent weeks, including the Bladensburg, Md., microburst on June 22, another microburst in Federicksburg, Va., a tornado outbreak in Maryland in early June, urban flash flooding in the District of Columbia on July 9 and the massive June 29 derecho, which cut off power to more than 1 million electric customers in the D.C. region.

D.C. Flash Floods
D.C. Derecho Storm

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