It's Hawt ! Monday's high of 84 set a new BWI record
Monday's high temperature of 84 degrees out at BWI melted the forecasters' predictions of a mere 78, and snuffed the old record high of 83 degrees for an April 5 in Baltimore, last reached in 1942.
It was the first non-snow weather record for Baltimore in 2010.
UPDATE at 5 p.m.: We've reached 90 degrees at BWI this (Tuesday) afternoon, according to the NWS, tying the record for the date, last reached in 1929. It's 94 degrees at Hagerstown; 93 at Dulles International (a new record); 91 at Martin Airport; 89 at Annapolis. Washington's Reagan National Airport reached 90 degrees, short of the record of 92 degrees set in 1942. Earlier post resumes:
With southwest winds and strong sunshine continuing to work on the region today, it will likely get even hotter this afternoon. But Baltimore is not expected to top the April 6 record of 90 degrees, set here in 1929.
The spring heat wave also set a new record out at Dulles International Airport, where the mercury reached 86 degrees. That topped the old record of 83 set in 1985. Dulles weather records only go back to 1962. Baltimore's stretch to 1871.
Reagan National Airport saw a high of 83 Monday, falling short of the 86-degree record set there in 1910.
The forecast high for Tuesday in Baltimore, Washington and at Dulles Airport is 87 degrees. Only Dulles is forecast to break a record. The high mark for that airport on an April 6 is 86 degrees, set in 2005.
The month of April is still young, of course. And there's a cold front due late Thursday that will drop daytime highs back into the 50s and 60s from Friday through the weekend. The front comes with a forecast of showers and thunderstorms from Thursday afternoon through Thursday night.
But so far, we are running 10 to 15 degrees above the region's norms for the month.
Forecasters say the weather for Friday afternoon's season opener at Camden Yards should be sunny and cool, with an afternoon high of 57 degrees sinking toward an overnight low of 38 degrees.
(SUN PHOTO/John Makely, 2006)