Cold front ready to KO record heat

November 29, 1990|By Frank D. Roylanceand Richard Irwin | Frank D. Roylanceand Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

It may have seemed cold to you today, but the date will go down in the record books as the warmest Nov. 29 on record at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

A blustery cold front today shoved aside the warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, but not before the balmy air set a new record high early today at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Yesterday, the airport reached a new high of 73 at 5:10 p.m., erasing a record of 70 degrees for the date, set in 1970. The high temperature at 6 p.m. at the Custom House in downtown Baltimore was 72 degrees, which tied a record set in 1973.

And it was still 69 degrees at BWI just after midnight today, just enough to break the 68-degree record set for this date in 1968. The temperature downtown at midnight was 68 degrees, well short of the 74-degree record for the city.

But it was all down hill after that.

Temperatures fell 19 degrees to 50 degrees at BWI by 7 a.m., and another 5 degrees, to 45, by mid-day.

The colder air moved in on stiff winds, blowing out of the northwest at 18 mph, with gusts at mid-day as high as 24 mph.

Amet Figueroa, a National Weather Service forecaster at BWI, said things were only "getting back to normal."

The forecast calls for temperatures falling out of the 40s later this afternoon, to the low 30s tonight. Skies should clear tonight, with northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph diminishing to 15 mph.

Tomorrow should be mostly sunny and cold, with highs in mid- to upper 40s.

"Because of the 70- and 60-degree temperatures we've had all week, it will probably feel a lot colder," Figueroa said.

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