Gray and drippy; not summer yet
Okay, so now we pay the price for the terrific Preakness Weekend weather we just enjoyed. Low pressure over the Ohio Valley Monday is dragging clouds and showers across much of the region. The most substantial rainfall is confined to Southern Maryland and Virginia, while Harford County and points north and east seem to be escaping it for now.
But we're stuck here under gray, damp and chilly skies. Temperatures may not get beyond the low 60s today, and will struggle to reach the 60s on Tuesday. Normal highs for BWI at this time of year are in the mid-70s.
Later today into Tuesday, a secondary low will develop over the Carolinas, forecasters say, then move off the coast and up toward New England. That will pump cool Atlantic moisture into the region, keeping us damp and chilly on Tuesday, while producing heavier rains to our north and east.
We'll still be seeing light showers on Wednesday, with highs still stuck in the 60s before these systems move along. (Hey, it could have been raw and drippy for the Preakness. Count your blessings.)
By late Wednesday into Thursday, things should finally begin to clear out as high pressure moves in. Sunny skies are in the forecast for Thursday, with highs in the mid-70s. Friday looks even better, if the forecast holds up, with more sunshine and a high near 80 degrees at BWI as the high moves off the coast.
That, of course, is the prelude to the next round of showers and thunderstorms, which are forecast for - sorry - the weekend. They're calling for mostly cloudy skies Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the mid-70s.
(SUN PHOTO/Amy Davis, 2005)