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Memorial Day weekend forecast: sunny, high of 89 on Monday

Friday afternoon could see some showers before a sunny Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore and Ocean City, according to the National Weather Service.

There's a slight chance of showers after noon, with a high in the mid-70s. Friday will be breezy, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

The rest of the holiday weekend will be sunny and clear, with temperatures rising each day. Saturday's high in Baltimore will remain in the low-70s, but Sunday is expected to reach 80 degrees. Monday will be warm with high approaching 90.

For those headed to Ocean City this weekend, make sure to pack warmer layers, as the forecast will be sunny, but cooler.

Highs will remain in the mid-60s Saturday and dip down into the 40s overnight. The weekend will gradually warm up, with Sunday's high in the low 70s and near 80 on Monday.

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Health commissioner urges caution over heat-related illnesses

As summer unofficially begins, Baltimore's health commissioner is urging residents to be wary of the risks of extreme heat.

"Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of people dying and thousands becoming ill every year," Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement. "Heat waves are silent killers and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those in our city who are the most vulnerable."

In Baltimore, three deaths were linked to excessive heat last summer, compared with two in 2013 and 13 in 2012, according to the city health department. Statewide, eight heat-related deaths occurred in 2014, 17 in 2013 and 46 in 2012, according to the state health department.

Children, the elderly and people with underlying respiratory problems and other health conditions are most at risk of hyperthermia, when body temperature rises because of an inability to regulate heat, as well as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

The city Health Department...

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Sunny, dry weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend

Plenty of sunshine and seasonable temperatures are forecast for Memorial Day weekend both around Baltimore and at the beaches.

Highs are forecast in the mid-70s Friday and Saturday and in the lower 80s Sunday and Monday around Baltimore. Mostly sunny skies are forecast to start the weekend, with some clouds moving in Sunday and mostly cloudy skies Monday.

About a 30 percent chance of showers and storms is forecast on Memorial Day.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for Ocean City. Highs are forecast around 70 degrees Friday, in the mid-60s Saturday, in the lower 70s Sunday and the upper 70s on Memorial Day. But strong sunshine is forecast to help things feel warmer throughout the long weekend.

The water is a cool 60 degrees at the Ocean City inlet.

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Overnight storms in Baltimore broke daily rainfall record

Storms that rolled through the region Monday night brought several inches of rain, with more than an inch and a half at the airport, breaking a record.

At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, 1.54 inches fell, breaking a record of 1.47 inches dating to 1879, according to the National Weather Service. Over the past 24 hours, the airport saw 1.69 inches of rain.

Other areas saw greater rainfall -- 4.11 inches in Towson, 3.61 inches near Columbia, 3.38 inches near Severn, 3.06 inches not far from the airport in Linthicum, 2.64 inches at the Inner Harbor, 2.55 inches in Annapolis, 2.51 inches in Westminster and 2.06 inches in Perry Hall.

The deluge prompted flash flood warnings. In Anne Arundel County, cars were stranded on Brock Bridge Road near Savage while Defense Highway was closed near Crofton because of high water.

It came after several days of downpours that added little to the region’s official rainfall tally. From Saturday through Monday evening, only 0.21...

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Weather Service issues flash flood warning for city, Harford, Baltimore counties

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Baltimore City and Baltimore and Harford counties as several inches of rain fell across the region Monday night.

The flood warning was in effect until 2 a.m. Tuesday, warned of "flash flooding of urban areas in addition to creeks and streams rapidly rising out of their banks." The area got up to 2 inches of rain Monday afternoon and evening and more fell overnight.

The weather service warned that Glen Arm at Mine Bank Run is "rising rapidly" toward its flood stage of 8 feet, at which point water will cover the access road to Talmar. Ruxton Road in Towson also was reported to be flooding, the service said.

Other areas of possible flooding mentioned in the warning included: Bel Air, Morgan State University, Union Square, Guilford, Woodring, Turners Station, Howard Park, Armistead Gardens, Camden Yards, the Inner Harbor, Back River, Locust Point, Camden Yards, Roland Park, Fallstaff, Bolton Hill, Millers Island, Canton, Cockeysville...

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Lightning forces infield evacuation at Preakness

As a line of heavy rain and frequent lightning reached Pimlico Race Course just minutes before post time for the Preakness Stakes, Baltimore emergency management officials ordered the infield and grandstands evacuated.

Downpours hit the track about 6 p.m., just 20 minutes or so ahead of the day's top race. The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management told infield spectators to seek shelter and for those seated in the grandstands to move inside.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for southern Carroll County and most of Howard County until 6:30 p.m. The storm was capable of producing winds of 60 mph or greater, the weather service warned.

Another severe storm warning was issued along the Potomac River in Montgomery County, and a special marine warning was issued north of the Bay Bridge in the Chesapeake warning of winds of 40 mph or greater on the water.

A hot, humid pattern more common for June or July set in overnight, with the clockwise circulation of a high-pressure system just off...

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