The heat wave that hit the Mid-Atlantic is showing some signs of letting up with relatively cooler temperatures this week. But the region is still seeing the cumulative effects of the extreme heat. Thirteen people have now died of heat-related illnesses during this stretch of brutally hot days, many of them in Baltimore City.
The Maryland health department is reporting that the death toll in this heat wave now stands at 13.
The heat that blanketed much of the U.S. began to ease up from unbearable to merely very hot Sunday as temperatures from the Midwest to the East Coast dropped from highs above 100 degrees down to the 90s.
Maryland is under a heat advisory, the seventh so far this year. Baltimore City has opened its cooling centers. They will have cool air and free water for residents.
While there won’t be any relief from the heat on the way, Thursday afternoon will feature lots of sunshine.
Maryland is hammered by a hurricane-like summer thunderstorm. Right now, hundreds of thousands are without power. There is extensive damage across the state. Cars were crushed by large trees. Hundreds of BGE crews and repair crews from around the nation are now in Maryland, trying to get everyone back online. Making matters worse for people without power, it’s still very hot.
From mid-morning onward, any leftover clouds will break for plenty of sunshine, and Friday afternoon will be hot and more humid than recent days.
The sky early Thursday morning was relatively clear, and there should be plenty of sunshine again. Temperatures, which were mostly in the lower 90s Wednesday, should mostly reach the lower 90s again. There’ll still be a bit of a breeze, and it won’t be all that humid (dewpoint temperatures will still be mostly in the 50s). However, that will be changing late Thursday night and early Friday morning.
It may not be the triple digits today, but we still hit 90 degrees this afternoon. One huge difference, though, was that the dew points/humidity dropped considerably.
Clouds and patchy fog are starting off this Friday, the big “Getaway Day” before the Memorial Day Weekend. With these expected to break for some sun Friday, and winds mostly out of the southeast becoming more southerly or even southwesterly for a while Friday afternoon, it will become warm with most temperatures reaching the mid and upper 80s.
Some warm temperatures are coming our way!
A well-defined short-wave trough will continue to cause some showers and thunderstorms to start the day across our area.