90 degrees at BWI matches 1929 mark

Cold front expected to douse early touch of summer

April 07, 2010|By Frank Roylance | Baltimore Sun reporter

The mercury at the airport reached a record-tying 90 degrees Tuesday afternoon as the region baked under a strong sun and southwest winds driven by a summerlike "Bermuda high."

The heat, nearly 30 degrees above average for the date, matched the mark established during a similar heat wave early in April 1929. Monday's record high of 84 degrees beat the 83-degree mark set on the same date in 1942.

Washington, Annapolis, Hagerstown and Richmond, Charlottesville and Williamsburg, Va., all saw highs Tuesday in the 90s. And there's more to come.

Forecasters say the temperature today at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where the last piles of February's record snows are still melting, could reach 91 degrees - just a couple of degrees short of the 93-degree record for the date.

Ninety-degree weather during April in Baltimore is not unknown, but it is unusual, especially so early in the month. There were three straight days in the 90s in April 2009, but they occurred during the final week of the month.

Relief is close at hand. A cold front is forecast to move through Thursday, with some thunderstorms. Weekend highs should be in the 50s and 60s.

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