– A massive rally titled “Together 2016” was shut down Saturday after 400 people had to be treated for heat-related illness.

On Saturday 16 July 2016

 Actual Temp

93° Lo 72°

Hist. Avg.

89° Lo 71°


The religious event brought together over 40 faith leaders and recording artists and was organized by Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE, a Twin-Cities based nonprofit organization that focuses on student-led prayer and outreach efforts.

The free event was expected to draw thousands and go until 9 p.m. Saturday, but the U.S. Park Police were forced to shut it down after the influx of emergency medical situations.

Hall issued a statement following the shutdown, saying that it was a disappointment but that “we want to honor the authorities who are trying to keep people safe.”

“On July 16, we came to fill the Mall. As we leave, we pray we may we go home to fill them all with the hope of Jesus,” he wrote.

And as reported by NBC

Thousands of people braved the extreme heat Saturday for prayer, powwow dancing and Pokémon on the National Mall.

Starting at 9 a.m., PULSE, a student-led evangelism movement, gathered more than 1,000 churches nationwide to join in prayer. The event, “Together 2016,” featured dozens of speakers, singers, authors and leaders, including Pope Francis, who recorded a personal video message.

The event shut down at 4 p.m. — five hours early — due to the high heat index of 96 degrees.

Fire and rescue workers responded to 502 medical calls for heat-related injuries at Together 2016 and 35 people were taken to the hospital.

Together 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian began celebrating the 7th annual Living Earth Festival at 10 a.m. The festival focused on native food and agricultural practices, a film screening and musical performances.

The celebration started with a cooking demonstration from Hopi and Navajo chef Terri Ami. Then from 1-4 p.m., visitors experienced traditional songs, instruments, powwow-style dances and traditional dances of Bolivia and the Andes.

But a day on the National Mall wouldn’t be complete without catching Pokémon with park rangers playing “Pokémon Go,” the latest smartphone game craze. After several controversies this week involving players catching Pokémon at memorials and the Holocaust Museum, rangers are helping participants play the game while teaching players about the significance of the memorials.

Rangers were stationed at the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and at the National Mall entrance to the Smithsonian Metro station for the “Catch the Mall” Pokémon hunt. A hunt is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday as well.

Latest: Lightning Struck Washington Moment late afternoon July 16

Photos: July 16 storm moves across DC region

Arlington and Fairfax

D.C.-area forecast: Strong line of thunderstorms rolls through metro area this evening
By Ian Livingston July 16

5:20 p.m. update: The thunderstorm rolling through the Beltway has weakened slightly and it is no longer severe. It still has plenty of heavy rain and lightning, though, and we’re getting a few isolated reports of tiny hail in areas around Silver Spring.

There’s a train of storms lined up to the southwest and we expect these will continue to move east over the next few hours. A couple severe thunderstorm warnings could be issued, especially in our southern areas. Models suggest this line of storms will clear the area by 8 or 9 p.m., but showers could linger behind for an hour or so.

The Nationals game does look like it will be impacted by rain — a delay seems likely at this point, but the back edge of the rain should move out in time to get things started (eventually).

4:25 p.m. update: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for some of our near western suburbs and NW DC. The warning is in effect until 5 p.m. but it could be extended eastward in the next 30 minutes. This storm is producing gusty winds and possibly some small hail. Most notably, though, will be the heavy downpours. Head inside now if you want to stay dry!


This weekend cool-down isn’t looking like it will amount to much. A cold front that dropped into the area last night is settling in for a stay. It’ll actually mostly fall apart overhead. But first, it might spark up some late-day showers and storms. It seems quite likely we’ll keep piling on 90s up ahead.

Today (Saturday): It’s another hot and humid one. Standard July. There could be a very early shower from remnant overnight activity to the west. Otherwise, skies start off partly to mostly sunny, but that muggy air percolates as the day goes. This means clouds should tend to increase noticeably by the afternoon, and a risk of showers and storms picks up in the mid-afternoon to before dinner time frame. High temperatures are near 90 in the cooler spots to the low 90s elsewhere. Winds are from the south and southwest around 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A shower and storm risk may last through about 10 p.m. or so before dwindling in the overnight. With plentiful moisture in the air, temperatures don’t go too far, reaching overnight lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Skies trend partly to mostly clear late, and there could be a random spot or two of fog by dawn. Confidence: Medium-High

for much of the area. An exception might be downtown where low 70s are more likely. Skies are partly cloudy. Confidence: Medium


Source: Events Pack National Mall on Saturday; Heat Ends Together 2016 | NBC4 Washington