Early Baltimore Marathon forecast: Cool, sunny

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October 04, 2012|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

Runners have less than a week and a half to go before the Baltimore Running Festival, and according to early forecasts, weather is the least of their worries come race day.

It's too early for a truly dependable forecast, but long-range forecasts are calling for a dry and cool fall day.

The Climate Prediction Center is expecting about a one in three chance of below normal temperatures and likely normal precipitation. Normal for this time of year are morning lows in the upper 40s and highs in the upper 60s, with mostly dry weather. Average daily precipitation in October is about a tenth of an inch.

The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington office doesn't forecast out that far, but AccuWeather is predicting a brisk, sunny day with a low of 44 and high of 57. The Weather Channel is predicting a slightly warmer day, with a high of 64 and low of 50, while the Weather Underground is calling for even warmer, a high of 66 and low of 54.

Good luck, runners, and stay tuned for any changes to the forecast.

Have a weather question? E-mail me at sdance@baltsun.com or tweet to @MdWeather.

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