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Summer-like weekend weather takes a bow


The Memorial Day weekend's meteorological menu: Sunny skies and low humidity.

Summer-like conditions are expected through the weekend while temperatures will drop to more seasonal ranges in the 70s on Memorial Day, said Ken Shaver, a forecaster for the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

"Overall, we're looking at a pretty nice holiday weekend," Mr. Shaver said.

Weekend weather at Ocean City -- where the tourist season traditionally opens on Memorial Day -- should be cooler with a stiff easterly breeze. But beach-goers can expect mostly sunny skies.

Mr. Shaver said a record of 90 degrees set at BWI in 1984 could be equaled or topped today as the result of a high pressure system from the New England area that settled over the Mid-Atlantic region yesterday.

But the record high temperature of 98 degrees in the city of Baltimore for a May 22 is expected to stand. Records for city temperatures have been kept longer than those by the National Weather Service.

In the city, temperatures are expected to hit the low 90s tomorrow with sunny skies. On Sunday, the mercury will drop into the 80s.

At Ocean City and other beach resorts on the Atlantic, temperatures will be in the upper 60s. Showers could creep in by Monday evening, Mr. Shaver said.

"We haven't had much humidity because of the high pressure system," the forecaster said. "What's really been interesting have been the temperature ranges," Mr. Shaver said. A low of 38 degrees and a high of 83 degrees were recorded yesterday at BWI.

Today, the low was 49 degrees.

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