Mercury hits 102 downtown
The thermometer at the Maryland Science Center reached 102 degrees at 2:18 p.m. today. It was the third day in a row of 100-plus temperatures there. (It was 101 on Tuesday and Wednesday.) The heat index was a stifling 112 degrees.
Out at BWI, it was 100 degrees at 3:48 p.m. That tied the record for the date, set in 1931. It was the second 100-degree day at BWI in the last three. (It was "only" 99 there on Wednesday.)
The National Weather Service said the last time temperatures reached 100 degrees on three consecutive days in Baltimore was on July 2,3 and 4, 1966. That was at BWI, however, so this week's triple play at the Inner Harbor isn't a match.
Friday's record is 100 degrees, so we're not expecting any threat to that mark from the waning heat wave. Highs are expected to hold in the low 90s as cooler air moves in from the Great Lakes. Eighties resume for the weekend, the first days that cool since July 26.
Living in Baltimore this week has been like walking around and breathing inside somebody else's bed. Happy to see the end of it. You?