Wednesday was Baltimore's first 70-degree January day in 5 years

  • Patti Ringers, left, and her daughter Macy Iams, of Severna Park, walk their dogs on the trail at Kinder Farm Park on a mild afternoon Tuesday.
Patti Ringers, left, and her daughter Macy Iams, of Severna… (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun…)
January 31, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

Wednesday’s high at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was a balmy 70 degrees, two degrees shy of the day’s record high in Baltimore of 72, set in 1914.

That was despite clouds hanging over the region for most of the day. It fueled the heavy rains that were expected overnight as a cold front pushed through the area, bringing a chill today.

Jan. 8, 2008, was the last time BWI hit 70 degrees in January.

Temperatures across the country were among the warmest on record for January, fueling deadly severe weather across the southeast and heavy rains across the eastern half of the country.

"The most notable heat record set Tuesday was the 91°F high in Corpus Christi, Texas, which tied their record for all-time warmest January temperature, set on January 30, 1971," wrote the Weather Underground's Jeff Masters. "The 62°F measured at Rockford, Illinois on Tuesday was just 1° shy of that city's all-time January temperature record."

Down Interstate 95, the warmth surpassed records in Washington, D.C. At Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia, new marks were set for both the highest high and low temperatures for the day, at 72 degrees and 56 degrees. That low was markedly higher than Baltimore's low of 39 degrees reached Wednesday morning.

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