Central Maryland remained in a seasonal time warp yesterday as pale sunshine and warm breezes from the southwest swept temperatures back into the 60s and 70s for the second day in a row.
The mercury reached 70 degrees at BWI Marshall Airport between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. That was 29 degrees above the normal high for a Jan. 8, and it broke the 78-year-old record of 69 degrees for the date.
Monday's high at BWI - also 70 degrees - fell short of the record 74 degrees set in 1907.
In Annapolis, a southeast breeze off the cool Chesapeake held readings in the 50s into the early afternoon yesterday. But a wind shift to the southwest just before 3 p.m. popped the temperature from 57 degrees to 73 in barely an hour.
Other record highs yesterday included readings of 73 degrees at Reagan National Airport, and 70 at Dulles International, both of which topped 69-degree records from 1998.
But that was the last of the April-like weather for now.
A cold front due overnight was expected to move across the region early today, bringing a chance of showers, gusty winds and perhaps even thunderstorms. It is the same frontal system that spawned rare January tornadoes in the Midwest.
National Weather Service forecasters said skies would clear quickly, but today's highs will stall mostly in the still-mild 50s.
Another cold front is due on Friday, arriving as what forecasters described as "a pretty good soaker." Baltimore could see up to an inch of rain tomorrow into Friday.
Then more precipitation is due Sunday and Monday as a new storm brewing over the Florida Gulf Coast tracks up the East Coast. There may be enough cold air in western Maryland, forecasters said, to turn some of that precipitation into snow or ice.
High temperatures early next week will be more seasonable, in the 40s.