Baltimore could fail to hit 90 degrees in August for first time since 1984

Baltimore still hasn't hit 90 degrees this month, despite forecasts it might have Wednesday. With perhaps one more chance to hit the mark, it could be the first August without 90-degree temperatures here in 30 years.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the point of record for Baltimore, peaked at 89 degrees Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters had suggested it might reach the lower 90s. (Temperatures meanwhile peaked at 90 degrees at the Maryland Science Center downtown.)

Temperatures have failed to hit 90 for 35 straight days, since July 23. On average, eight days hit the 90s in Baltimore each August.

The last time Baltimore went without any highs in the 90s was 1984, according to the National Weather Service. It has occurred on two other occasions since record-keeping began in the 1870s -- 1904 and 1875.

There was only a single day in the 90s in August in 2000 and 1996, and there were two in 1991 and 1987, according to the weather service.

This month's mild trend has it on pace to be the third-coolest August here on record. The average temperature at BWI is more than 3 degrees below normal.

But if forecasts hold up, we could have one more shot at 90 -- the weather service is forecasting a high of 90 degrees at BWI on Sunday.

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