Below-normal temps by 2nd half of the week
Central Maryland could see a few showers and thunderstorms along with 90-degree weather during the next few days as a series of cold fronts approach, and pass through the area. But beyond Wednesday, skies should clear behind the last of the fronts, and our average temperatures will drop just below the long-term averages.
We've seen few below-average days this summer. We enjoyed a couple on the 4th and 5th last week. The days' averages were 1 degree below the long-term norms. But before that we have to go back to July 16 to find another "cooler-than-average" day. For the summer-to-date, since June 1, there have been just 13 days that ended cooler than the long-term averages. We've had just five since July 1.
By Thursday, though, forecasters see the BWI-Marshall Airport high as a mere 84 degrees. And readings should remain in the mid-80s at least through the weekend. The 30-year average high for this time of year in Baltimore is 86 degrees. The beach forecast for the latter half of the week through the weekend looks fabulous.
Any rain we get during the first half of the week will be a bonus. The showers and storms that moved through the region on Sunday were very spotty. We could hear some thunder from the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville, but we never saw a drop. On the other hand, Harford County and points south of Baltimore got a pretty good drink. Here are some totals from the CoCoRaHS Network:
Oxon Hill, PG Co.: 1.22 inches
North Laurel, Howard: 1.02 inches
Havre de Grace, Harford: 0.85 inch
Kingsville, Harford: 0.79 inch
Ellicott City, Howard: 0.49 inch
Baldwin, Baltimore Co.: 0.44 inch
Towson, Baltimore Co.: 0.15 inch
Pasadena, Arundel: 0.12 inch
And, if anybody's wondering, the tropics look quiet again. The National Hurricane Center last night issued its last advisory on the remnants of Tropical Storm Emily. The storm was located 295 miles south southeast of Cape Hatteras and 555 miles west of Bermuda, moving northeast at 17 mph with top sustained winds of just 30 mph.
There were no watches or warnings anywhere for Emily, and no other storms being monitored.