Warm air moving into Maryland from the nation's southland pushed temperatures to record levels again today at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The balmy autumn weather is expected to continue through Saturday, although dampened later in the week by showers.
Weather Service forecaster Richard A. Diener said the mercury reached 85 degrees at the airport at 1 p.m., breaking the old record of 82 degrees set in 1962.
Temperatures were expected to continue to rise during the afternoon, pushing the Oct. 9 record still higher.
It was 85 degrees at the Custom House in downtown Baltimore, too, but that was well below the record of 91 degrees, set downtown in 1939.
"The record for downtown appears safe at this point," Diener said.
It was the second day in a row with record highs at the airport. Yesterday's high of 84 degrees broke the 82-degree mark set in 1982.
The high downtown yesterday was 84, short of the 88-degree record set there in 1931. Downtown records go back to 1871. Those at BWI go back to 1950.
Diener said tomorrow's forecast calls for temperatures in the low- to mid-80s, which could threaten the 86-degree record for the date at BWI, set in 1958.
"We're certainly in the ball park," he said.
"But temperatures during the week will be edging downward just a bit," he said. As a cooler weather system to our west begins edging closer, "we're not going to be getting as much of a southerly flow."
The forecast says Thursday through Saturday will be warm and humid, with scattered showers and thunderstorms expected each day. Highs should be in the 80s with lows in the 60s.