Maryland braces for heat and humidity

Nate Cullen, 3, of Parkton found a way to make the first day of summer cooler by wading into the Walter Sondheim Fountain at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA000101" title="Inner Harbor" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/inner-harbor-PLTRA000101.topic">Inner Harbor</a>.<br>
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Summer arrived in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100600000000" title="Maryland" href="/topic/us/maryland-PLGEO100100600000000.topic">Maryland</a> with temperatures already well into the 90s, and forecasters advised residents and public health officials to expect the heat, humidity and bad air quality to persist all week, with sweltering numbers more typical of mid-July.<br>
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Health authorities grappling with the first extended heat wave of the year stood ready to reopen cooling centers in Baltimore. The power company braced for rising demand as air conditioners spun up across the region. And anyone who had to be outdoors just sweated it out and wished for something better.There was no relief in sight for Ian Cuthbert, a construction worker drilling through a sidewalk at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.<br>
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"It gets pretty hot. I gotta wear pants, of course," he said. "If we luck out, we'll get some inside work."<br>
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The mercury at BWI-Marshall Airport hit 94 degrees, topping 90 degrees for the third straight day and the eighth time this month. Forecasters said airport temperatures were likely to top 90 degrees nearly all week, threatening some records.<br>
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"Summer officially starts today, but it's definitely felt like summer for a while now," said Jared Klein, a forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va.

( Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun / June 21, 2010 )

Nate Cullen, 3, of Parkton found a way to make the first day of summer cooler by wading into the Walter Sondheim Fountain at the Inner Harbor.

Summer arrived in Maryland with temperatures already well into the 90s, and forecasters advised residents and public health officials to expect the heat, humidity and bad air quality to persist all week, with sweltering numbers more typical of mid-July.

Health authorities grappling with the first extended heat wave of the year stood ready to reopen cooling centers in Baltimore. The power company braced for rising demand as air conditioners spun up across the region. And anyone who had to be outdoors just sweated it out and wished for something better.There was no relief in sight for Ian Cuthbert, a construction worker drilling through a sidewalk at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

"It gets pretty hot. I gotta wear pants, of course," he said. "If we luck out, we'll get some inside work."

The mercury at BWI-Marshall Airport hit 94 degrees, topping 90 degrees for the third straight day and the eighth time this month. Forecasters said airport temperatures were likely to top 90 degrees nearly all week, threatening some records.

"Summer officially starts today, but it's definitely felt like summer for a while now," said Jared Klein, a forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va.

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