June Swoon: 98 Degrees

June 10, 1993|By Staff Report

Summer staged a tryout in Baltimore yesterday, bringing th hottest day of the year to the city.

At 3 p.m., the temperature at the Custom House reached 98 degrees, just one degree shy of the 1984 record.

At the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the high was 93 degrees about 3:30 p.m. The June 9 record at BWI is 95 in 1984.

"It's like a play," said Weather Service meteorologist Fred Davis. "It comes to Baltimore before going to New York."

Yesterday, the show featured 90-plus-degree temperatures and unusually high humidity -- above 60 percent during the hottest part of the day. The forecast calls for more of the same today, but without the chance of thunderstorms.

Last month, Baltimore broke a 97-year-old record when temperatures hit 95 degrees May 11. But temperatures at BWI had not gone above 90 before yesterday.

The unseasonable hot spell is caused by warm air from the south, held over Maryland by a cold front to the west and a high pressure system to the east.

A cooling front is expected to move into the area Saturday, dropping temperatures into the 80s. The normal range of temperatures for this time of year is 82 for the high, 61 for the low.

Smog levels also were up yesterday. An air monitor maintained by the Maryland Department of the Environment recorded an unhealthful level of ozone in Cecil County, and spokesman Michael Sullivan said it may be smoggier today.

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