By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
2:02 PM EDT, July 1, 2013
Thunderstorms and heavy downpours are possible Monday in the Baltimore area, with highs in the mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service.
A flash flood watch was in effect for the entire Baltimore region through Monday night, with as much as 2-4 inches of rain possible in some areas.
Storms were expected to pass through overnight Sunday, continuing into Monday morning. More rain and storms are likely in the afternoon and evening Monday.
At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, passing showers brough a quarter inch of rain in the 11 a.m. hour.
Temperatures were relatively mild, at 77 degrees at BWI as of 2 p.m., but with dew points only a few degrees lower, the air feels muggy and wet.
The rain starts off July after what was a very wet month of June. At , 7.81 inches of rain fell in June. Baltimore's wettest June on record was in 1972, when 9.95 inches of rain fell.
Rain chances could continue into Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, with a so-called "Bermuda high" system locking the current weather pattern into place and pumping moist air up from the south. Highs are forecast in the mid-80s both days.
Drier weather could arrive for the Fourth of July holiday. Highs are forecast around 90 degrees with a slight chance of storms Thursday and again on Friday.
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