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Weather or Not: First extended heat wave arrives

After a relatively cool spring, the first extended heat wave of the year has arrived in the Mid-Atlantic, and conditions are expected to be toasty through the weekend.

Let's start with the expected sweat-inducing high temperatures, according to the National Weather Service:

Thursday: 91 degrees

Friday: 92 degrees

Saturday: 90 degrees

Sunday: 86 degrees

Not outlandish. But pretty warm.

The Maryland Department of the Environment issued a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for the Baltimore Metro Area. Code Orange conditions mean air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, asthma sufferers and the elderly.

This is par for the course. Last May ended with six straight days with highs of 83 degrees or warmer at BWI Airport. Two years ago, it was 97 and 98 degrees on the final two days of May at BWI Airport.

It can get steamy right around Memorial Day. Prior to this year's cool 73-degree Memorial Day, the previous three had featured highs of 90 degrees or warmer at BWI Airport, including a scorching 98 degree high temperature for Memorial Day 2011.

This year's Memorial Day was actually the coolest since 2004, when the high was just 70 degrees at BWI Airport.

Some relief appears to becoming for early next week after a cold front pushes through the area. Temperatures are expected to return to around 80 for Monday.

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