City record melts at 100 degrees

June 20, 1993|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Staff Writer

Baltimore sizzled yesterday as temperatures soared to 100 degrees in the city -- breaking an 18-year-old record -- and tied a record at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Today's temperatures are expected to be a bit lower -- with highs in the city poking into the mid-90s and around 90 elsewhere, forecasters said. But don't expect to feel much better.

"It will still be very warm and humid," said Amet Figueroa, a forecaster at the National Weather Service at BWI.

Tomorrow, summer's first official day, likely will seem drier, but with temperatures still around 90.

Yesterday's record high temperature within the city limits surpassed the 1975 mark of 97 degrees for that day, hitting 100 degrees at 4:35 p.m. At BWI, the record for the day of 95 degrees was tied about 5 p.m.

The extreme heat presents potential health problems, as well as discomfort.

To prevent heat exhaustion in this weather, just use common sense, advised Dr. William Mysko, the clinic director of the Johns Hopkins emergency room.

"Stay out of the heat and don't exert yourself," he said. "Pain is nature's way of telling you not to do something."

By 4 p.m. yesterday, Dr. Mysko said that he was surprised no one had been brought into the emergency room for heat-related illnesses.

Thunderstorms usually accompany the humidity brought on by such hot weather, but forecasters are predicting less than a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the Baltimore area today.

So far this year, 22.92 inches of the average annual 40.76 inches of rain have fallen in Maryland.

So far this month, the official accumulation of rain is 1.89 inches, with 1.40 of those inches falling in a 25-minute storm, Mr. Figueroa said.

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