Encore for triple digits: City hits 100, ties record

July 14, 1993|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,Staff Writer

The temperature soared to 100 degrees in downtown Baltimore yesterday, tying a record that was set in 1966.

The National Weather Service says the mercury will reach the low 90s today, with a chance of scattered thunderstorms. But relief is on the way -- tomorrow's high is expected to be in the mid- to upper 80s with a chance of showers. The cooler temperatures will signal a break in the scorching heat and high humidity that have plagued the city since July 3.

"It's going to be another warm day, but Thursday will mark the primary break in the heat wave," said Bob Melrose, a National Weather Service meteorologist. "The cool-down is going to start."

The weekend will be the first "great" one since the heat wave started, Mr. Melrose said.

On Monday, the high reached 96 degrees downtown, ending a string of five consecutive days when the city suffered through high temperatures ranging from 101 to 104 degrees.

"It will be about as normal as it was before things got crazy with the heat wave," Mr. Melrose said. "This weekend will have no humidity."

The temperature at last night's All-Star Game was in the 80s with light winds and fair skies.

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