It might be a good day to stay inside: It’s another day of near-record heat followed by afternoon thunderstorms that could be strong to severe.Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected around 2-8 p.m. Storm Team4 has declared Thursday a weather alert day. Get Breaking News Alerts With the NBC Washington App Don’t expect the thunderstorms to give a break from sweltering September heat. If you go outside for lunch, temperatures will likely already be in the 90s. If you go out this evening, expect sticky temps around 95.All of today’s record highs — 96 at Reagan National, 96 at BWI-Marshall and 95 at Dulles — could be tied or broken. ‘A Horrific Day:’ DC Area Commemorates 9/11 Attacks Hot weather will fuel chances for afternoon storms. Be prepared to commute this afternoon in heavy rain, thunder and potentially damaging winds.Friday is looking cloudy and rainy, but considerably cooler. DC Permits Medical Marijuana in Public Schools Stay with Storm Team4 and download the NBC Washington app for the latest weather alerts. Photo Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.