Inner Harbor hits 103 degrees; Heat Index 117
The temperature at the Maryland Science Center reached 103 degrees at 3 p.m. Thursday. It's not Baltimore's official reading; that's taken at BWI-Marshall Airport, where it was a mere 98 degrees at the same hour.
But it's a good sampling of what anyone who ventures outside in the downtown area is experiencing. And with the dew point at 75 degrees, it adds up to a Heat Index value of 117 degrees. That's how it "feels," the combined effect of heat and high humidity on the bady's ability to cool itself.
Here at Calvert and Centre streets, our instruments read 99 degrees, with a (suspect) dew point of 82 degrees. That produces a Heat Index reading of 127 degrees.
Oh, by the way, Friday's forecast calls for a high of 104 degrees downtown. With a dew point at 75 again, that would yield a Heat Index of 119 degrees.
Is anybody actually out in this stuff?