"Seriously hot" this weekend
The first really hot (and humid) weather of the summer season is bearing down on us for this weekend. Forecasters are warning of mostly sunny skies and high temperatures around 95 degrees on Saturday and Sunday - AND Monday.
There is also some slight risk of a few showers, but forecasters didn't want to dilute the impact of what they called their "screaming message" - "It will be seriously hot ... Summer WX [weather] is here."
For now, we can expect another humid, showery day, although the risk of severe weather is diminished from yesterday's onslaught. But temperatures will remain in the 80s through Friday.
These showers are focused along a cold front that has stalled over us this week. But the front will be drifting northward as a warm front today. That will usher in the hot weather for the weekend as we fall under a southwest flow.
Forecasts for highs around 95 degrees introduce the possibility of setting new records this weekend. Here are the record daily highs for Baltimore for June 7-9:
June 7: 96 degrees, set in 1999
June 8: 97 degrees, set in 1999
June 9: 98 degrees, set in 1933.
The highs will ease some later next week, but not by much. The AC, and power plants across the region will be cranking hard by mid-week. I confess that we finally caved in this week and switched on the AC - as much to cut the indoor humidity as to cool the house.
Yesterday's powerful thunderstorms and possible tornadoes caused a great deal of damage - and plenty of traffic havoc and scary moments - across the region. If you were out in it, you know what I mean. Here is this morning's account in The Sun. And here is how it looked at The Sun's weather station.
The National Weather Service keeps a tally of storm damage reports. Yesterday's list includes mentions of storm winds over hurricane strength and hail nearly an inch in diameter. (If this link doesn't get you to a long list of damage reports, click on the next blue numbers across the top of the NWS page that does pop up.)
On a personal note, my apologies for not having any weather comments on today's print weather page (or tomorrow's). My mom passed away Tuesday at the age of 95 after a very full and happy life. She is now re-organizing the bridge games in Heaven. You can read more, if you care to, here.