Sunshine was out, and so was half of Maryland. People were just basking in the summer-like weather Monday, as we officially hit 90 degrees at BWI-Marshall. That ties the old record, last set in 2002. The last time we hit 90 degrees was way back on Aug. 10. Monday was the peak of the heat for this round, because a cold front is coming our way tonight/early Tuesday.

That front is the same one responsible for the deadly tornado outbreak over the Plains and Midwest this weekend. It has also peaked, and is going to arrive in Maryland with barely anything left. There will be patchy clouds and just the slightest chance for a shower or thunderstorm – but most people will not see anything at all. One thing this front will do, is turn winds around to the northwest and bring cooler air our way. However, our cooler air is not all that extreme. We are still going to be in the 70s Tuesday, then close to or slightly below the average of 65 degrees on Wednesday.

Another weaker front will pass south of us Wednesday. Expect more clouds across Maryland and the chance for a few showers. The farther south you are in the state, the better chance you have of getting anything. The whole storm will move out to sea Thursday. Yet another storm will move our way this weekend.

This one is a different story. It’s our best chance at some rain in a while. We are 4.82″ down for the year, and the lack of rain is catching up with us. The wildfire threat is high, and the drought status has been upped across a lot of the Mid-Atlantic. This weekend storm will also bring much cooler air with it. Highs will drop below average starting Sunday, maybe only in the 50s.

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