If you're searching for a respite from the heat and humidity, don't look in Maryland.
From the steamy heart of Baltimore to the Atlantic beaches and even in the usually cooler western mountains, the story's the same -- temperatures in the upper 80s to mid-90s and wilting humidity.
The thermometer could hit 100 degrees in the city later today, the National Weather Service predicts.
Meteorologist Ken Shaver, speaking from his air-conditioned office at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, attempted to lend perspective. "It is summer, and we have weather like this in Maryland," he said.
There's no relief in sight until Tuesday, Mr. Shaver says, when an air mass from Canada may bring a breeze and lower temperatures.
The weather service predicts weekend temperatures for Baltimore in the low and mid-90s. It's possible the readings will approach 100.
And don't expect to avoid sweltering at the ocean or at such mountain resorts as Deep Creek Lake.
"It'll be pretty hot in Ocean City because there's basically little sea breeze," Mr. Shaver said. "A west wind is keeping any breeze from the Atlantic Ocean offshore and we're looking at temperatures in the upper 80s or low 90s through the weekend."
In Garrett County, daytime temperatures will also be in the mid 80s. The one hope is that the mercury should drop to the low 60s at night in higher elevations, he said.