A significant warm-up is forecast Wednesday in the Baltimore area, with highs in the mid- to upper-80s and possible storms late in the afternoon or evening, according to the National Weather Service.
That is more than 20 degrees warmer than the past few days' highs, which have remained in the lower 60s. It is a swing of 50 degrees from Tuesday morning's low of 34 degrees at BWI Marshall Airport, which tied a record set in 1996.
Lows Wednesday morning are forecast to be close to those high temperatures from recent days, bottoming out around 60 degrees in the city and in the 50s further out. Temperatures are forecast to rise quickly, to 70 degrees by mid-morning and 80 degrees by midday, according to the weather service.
Mostly cloudy skies are expected.
Winds are forecast to be increasing as possible storms approach in the afternoon and evening. A 30 percent chance of storms is expected, with winds of 15-20 mph.
More warmth is expected Thursday and Friday, with highs in the lower 80s, lows in the 60s and more storm chances.
The weather service's latest forecast for the Preakness on Saturday calls for highs in the upper 70s under mostly cloudy skies, with showers chances remaining at bay until the evening.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun