Welcome rain also brings a record cool day to the city

August 07, 1993|By Holly Selby | Holly Selby,Staff Writer

Yesterday's dull, gray clouds brought the first all-day rain to the Baltimore area since mid-April.

The clouds also brought temperatures that set a record for the lowest high in Baltimore.

That's weather-speak that means as August days go, it was darn cool.

To further explain: The highest temperature recorded yesterday in the city -- 71 degrees -- broke the record for the lowest high temperature recorded in August on any one day, said Fred Davis, chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The last time Baltimoreans were exposed to such chilly temperatures in August was in 1903 when a high of 73 degrees was recorded.

By midafternoon, the temperature in the city yesterday had dropped to 64 degrees.

"It started raining in early morning and we didn't have a chance to get any sun at all to warm things up," Mr. Davis said.

Meanwhile, a gentle, cleansing rain fell steadily, bringing much-needed relief to moisture-deprived gardens and farms in the area. By the end of the day, more than an inch of rain had fallen, said Mr. Davis.

"We did have a quarter-inch of rain on Wednesday but this was the first general rain -- the first non-shower, non-thunderstorm rain in a while," said Mr. Davis. "July was very dry so we need rain very much."

The rain will move out of the area for the weekend. Sunny skies are forecast for today and tomorrow.

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