Record warmth is forecast to con­tinue to­day

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Scott Dance sdance@balt­ twit­

The Bal­ti­more re­gion broke a 71-year-old record high Tues­day, and more un­prece­dented fall warmth is forecast for to­day.

Bal­ti­more-Wash­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Thur­good Mar­shall Air­port reached 84 de­grees, two de­grees above a record for Tues­day’s date of 82 de­grees, most re­cently reached in1945. Sim­i­lar heat is forecast to­day, and the record for to­day’s date is also 82 de­grees, most re­cently reached in 1947.

An area of high pres­sure just to the south of the re­gion is re­spon­si­ble for the un­sea­son- ably warm weather. The zone is cen­tered be­tween the Georgia coast and Ber­muda, and is pump­ing in hot, moist air from the south and southwest, said Dan Hof­mann, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice’s Bal­ti­more-Wash­ing­ton forecast of­fice.

“It’s not un­heard of, but it is un­usual,” he said.

The blast of late sum­mer-like warmth came as a sur­prise as crews be­gan in­stalling the ice rink at the In­ner Har­bor this week, said Lau­rie Schwartz, pres­i­dent of the Water­front Part­ner­ship.

Equip­ment to keep the ice cool was de­liv­ered amid the record heat Tues­day, with ice-mak­ing sched­uled to be­gin by the end of the month, she said. The rink is sched­uled to open Nov. 11.

The weather pat­tern is forecast to change as a cold front ap­proaches the re­gion Thurs­day. Scat­tered show­ers are pos­si­ble ahead of the frontal bound­ary Thurs­day night into Friday, and the mild spell is ex­pected to turn un­usu­ally cold and breezy by Friday night.

Highs Satur­day could be stuck in the up­per 50s, some 5 to 10 de­grees colder than nor­mal for this time of year.

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