Evening storms, then fine weather into next week
That cold front draped from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico this (Thursday) morning will moves across Maryland late today, bringing thunderstorms and a slight risk of severe weather and even an isolated tornado if things go badly.
Forecasters out at Sterling say the front will cross the Appalachians this afternoon, reaching the I-95 corridor in the evening, with the storms likely between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. After an afternoon high in the mid-80s, the front will drop the overnight low to near 50 degrees.
By Friday morning, the showers should be on the run, with clearing skies and sunshine. But with Canadian air pouring in behind the front, we should expect highs no better than 60 degrees Friday afternoon, if the forecast holds up.
That will make it a sunny afternoon at Camden Yards, but Orioles fans will want to bring something to ward off the chill on Friday, as temperatures begin to fall late in the game, headed for an overnight low near 40 degrees.
The best news is that the sunshine will persist well into next week, with daytime highs rising into the 60s and 70s. That's cool compared with this week's heat, but still above the long-term averages for this time of year in Baltimore. So it should still be some of the best weather this region is capable of producing in the spring and fall.
Look for cafe tables on the sidewalks, neighbors on the stoops, lawnmowers buzzing in the suburbs and the season's first blush of sunburn.