Cloudy, highs in lower 50s forecast; Code Orange air quality again

December 03, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

Mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40s and 50s are forecast in the Baltimore area Tuesday.

Overnight lows were forecast from the mid-30s in the suburbs to the lower 40s downtown. Temperatures were expected to rise to the lower 50s in the afternoon, dropping back to the upper 30s overnight into Wednesday.

For the second day in a row, the Maryland Department of the Environment issued a Code Orange air quality alert for the central and western parts of the state, meaning sensitive populations should limit their time spent outside. Such an air quality alert is relatively rare outside of the summer months.

Mild temperatures and clouds are expected to continue through the week. Lows are forecast in the upper 40s Wednesday and Thursday nights, with highs in the mid-50s Wednesday and possibly the lower 60s Thursday.

Rain could start Thursday night for the lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, and continue through Friday into Saturday morning.

Temperatures are forecast to drop back to the 20s and 30s by the weekend, after the rainy system moves through.

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