Today marks the start of what is, statistically, the hottest week (nine days, by one count) of the year for Baltimore. From July 16 through the 25th, the average high temperature at BWI (based on a 30-year average from 1971-2000) is 88 degrees.
After the 25th, the averages begin to go down again, headed for the lows of mid-January. Actually, they probably start down before then, around the 20th, but due to rounding by the National Weather Service, the whole-number averages read 88 degrees until the 26th.
Which, of course, is why the powers that be always schedule Artscape ("Three days of sweat, sunburn and claustrophobia") for this week. Makes perfect sense.
The high today at BWI-Marshall was 98 degrees, after a high of 95 on Thursday. The forecast calls for highs in the low 90s right through the end of next week, 3 to 5 degrees above the average each day, with no more than a 30 percent chance for a cooling shower or thunderstorm.
(SUN PHOTO: Christopher T. Assaf, 2004)