DC: Dramatically Cooler Friday

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
September 13, 2013; 1:28 PM ET
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Locally severe thunderstorms that rolled through the Washington, D.C., area Thursday evening, will be followed by some of the coolest weather of the season so far.

Washington, D.C., climbed into the 90s for the third day in a row Thursday, but hot and humid weather was being swept out to sea Thursday night.

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According to FM radio station, WTOP, a lightning strike knocked out power to the traffic control tower at Baltimore-Washington International Airport Thursday afternoon. Flights were halted until the damaged equipment could be repaired. Thunderstorms were in the vicinity of the airport from 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m., EDT Thursday. Additional storms followed late in the day.

Canadian air settled in over the region Friday with much lower temperatures and humidity, as well as a gusty breeze. Some people will feel refreshed, while others may mind the sudden chill. That breeze should prevent fog Friday morning.

The pattern into the weekend could yield some of the lowest temperatures of the season so far for the metro area and the region in general. High temperatures may fail to reach 70 degrees in some locations on Saturday.

Windswept rain from Gabrielle, well off the U.S. coast is forecast to spread from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, Canada, Friday into Saturday.

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