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Maryland weather: Cold temperatures ahead this week, Code Blue alert issued in Baltimore

A stretch of cold weather has returned to Baltimore ahead of another chance for rain or snow this weekend.

Temperatures in the Baltimore area were forecast in the 20s and 30s most of the week, and several breezy days were expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Baltimore City Interim Health Commissioner Mary Beth Haller declared a Code Blue Extreme Cold alert for the city Monday night through Thursday morning, when the cold snap is expected to dissipate. An effort to reduce hypothermia deaths, Code Blue declarations can be made when temperatures (including wind chill) are forecast at or below 13 degrees, or when cold conditions otherwise threaten the life or health of city residents.

High temperatures Tuesday were forecast in the mid-30s, with the low temperature reaching about 20 degrees Tuesday night.

Wednesday was expected to be colder, with highs in the high 20s, and lows in the high teens. Wind gusts could reach 24 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

On Thursday, temperatures will inch back to the mid-30s, and the area could see 20-mph wind gusts, the weather service predicts.

The weekend is expected to be warmer but wetter. A 40 percent chance of rain and snow returns Friday, when high temperatures are expected to reach about 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday’s high is expected around 46, and there’s a chance of rain Saturday night. Rain is also in the forecast Sunday, when high temperatures are forecast around 55.

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