Heat spell could bring near-90-degree temperatures this week

May 01, 2012|By Scott Dance

Another spell of hotter-than-average weather arrives in Maryland today, and isn't expected to leave for a while.

We have been mostly below normal for the past eight days, with Sunday’s 70-degree high about normal for this time of year. The last stretch of heat had temperatures near or above 80 degrees from April 14-17, including a record 90-degree day April 16. Since then, three days have failed to break 60 degrees and most have been in the 60s.

But temperatures are expected to push 80 degrees from today through the weekend, according to forecasts.

BWI reached 82 degrees by 4 p.m. Tuesday, while the Sun weather station at Calvert and Centre streets reached just shy of 85 degrees. Humidity is at uncomfortable, summerlike levels, with the dew point in the mid- to upper 60s, according to the Sun weather station.

Friday could near 90 degrees, according to forecasts Tuesday afternoon. The record high for that day at BWI Marshall Airport is 90 degrees. AccuWeather.com is calling for temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s Thursday through Saturday.

Normal highs are about 70 or 71 degrees the first week of May, with record highs in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Start your weekend planning now – should be great weather for a lemon peppermint stick at FlowerMart in Mount Vernon.

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