BALTIMORE (WJZ) — We did it. We tied the all time May record high temperature of 98 degrees, which was also the record for the date. And this heat is going to stick around. The heat advisory expires at 8 p.m., before going back into effect tomorrow at noon. A code orange air quality alert is also in effect for the sensitive breathing groups.
Strong high pressure over the Southeast is pumping up this extreme heat. It’s going to stay put through Wednesday. That means that the heat and high humidity/dewpoints will continue. We did hit a high of 98 degrees today, but it felt like 102 degrees this afternoon when you factor in the dewpoints/humidity.
We will only back off to around 70 degrees tonight before those temperatures start cranking again tomorrow. The record high for tomorrow is 96 degrees and we will get very close to that, if we don’t tie it. Although we may not hit or tie the record of 97 degrees on Wednesday, we are going right back up to the 90s with the heat index tacking another few degrees on.
There is the slightest chance for a late-day thunderstorm tomorrow, but more showers and thunderstorms are possible as a cold front comes through Maryland. In this kind of an atmosphere, they may even become severe thunderstorms. Of course, we will be monitoring the situation and pass along any watches or warnings if they do come out.
This cold front may knock down temperatures and humidity/dewpoints slightly, but it will still be hot on Thursday. Highs will still be close to 90 degrees on Thursday and then mid/upper 80s on Friday. It looks like those temperatures may start climbing again next weekend.
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