If it felt like it couldn't get any hotter in downtown Baltimore on Wednesday, that might be because it wasn't hotter anyplace else in the country.
The Inner Harbor reached a high of 96 degrees at 4:11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. That was 5 degrees hotter than out at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where the high of 91 degrees broke a record of 89 set in 1922.
(The 1922 record, strangely enough, was set just a few blocks from the Inner Harbor at the U.S. Customs House. The point of record moved to BWI when the airport opened in 1950.)
Only one other place in the nation did highs reach 96 degrees -- Port Isabel, Texas, just a few miles north of the Mexican border and inland from South Padre Island.
Other cities to reach the 90s were Brownsville, Texas; Wilmington, Del.; and Washington, D.C., according to a national weather summary posted daily by the weather service telecommunications operation center in Silver Spring. The coldest temperature in the country, meanwhile, was 3 degrees below zero in Lusk, Wyo.
Credit to local meteorologist "Eric the Red" for pointing out the local distinction.
While one more day of temperatures well above normal is in the forecast for Thursday, the warmth could come crashing back down as a strong cold front passes through overnight, Eric writes. Lows are forecast to reach the lower 50s in Baltimore, but Eric suggests some areas could see the 40s as a cold rain moves through.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun