Cold temperatures broke one record and tied another, one for Wednesday's high temperature and another for Thursday morning's low.
BWI Airport, the point of record for Baltimore, peaked at 36 degrees at 3:55 p.m., according to preliminary readings from the National Weather Service. That is 2 degrees below the record for the coldest daily maximum temperature in Baltimore on March 26, 38 degrees, set most recently in 2001.
Temperatures dropped to 20 degrees Thursday morning, tying a record low set most recently in 2001.
The weather service had not yet confirmed either record as of 10 a.m. Thursday. Temperature readings must be double-checked for accuracy before records are confirmed.
The chill is helping to further drive down a March average temperature that was already 5.5 degrees below normal through Tuesday. The average temperature of 37.1 degrees so far this month at BWI would rank as the fifth-coldest on record if the month ended Tuesday.
Fortunately, a rebound in temperatures into the 50s and 60s by Friday will moderate the average and bring some springlike weather for Opening Day by the end of the month.