It's hard to find a pleasant forecast anywhere in Maryland this week. There are alerts for excessive heat and poor air quality alerts up for almost the entire state for Thursday. The only exception is if you head west, to Garrett or Allegany counties, the only alert-free zone.
For the rest of the state, it's hot and hotter.
The excessive-heat watch takes effect Thursday afternoon for all of Maryland east of Allegany County, including the Eastern Shore. It warns of high temperatures in the upper 90s to 100 degrees, and heat index values as high as 111 degrees.