Temperatures surge into 90s, with heat index near 100

Temperatures surged into the 90s, with high humidity making it feel like 100 degrees and above, for a second consecutive day in the Baltimore area Wednesday.

Temperatures were forecast to reach 96 degrees in downtown Baltimore, with dew points in the upper 60s to around 70 degrees making it feel as hot as 101 degrees. Partly cloudy skies are expected.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport surged above the 90-degree mark to 91 degrees by 1 p.m., with humidity making it feel like 97 degrees. Downtown Baltimore reached 93 degrees, with a heat index of 101 degrees, by 2 p.m.

Though the temperatures are more than 10 degrees above normal for this time of year, they are unlikely to be record-setting. Sept. 11 is the latest date on record in Baltimore to have reached 100 degrees, in 1983.

Thirty years ago, that heat baked the region for a stretch of several days, including during what would prove to be the final home opener for the Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium. Record high temperatures for Sept. 10 and 11 in Baltimore both date back to 1983.

"If Colt blood was boiling yesterday, it couldn't be blamed on John Elway alone," the story in The Sun on Sept. 12, 1983, read. The temperature on the field was estimated at 110 to 115 degrees, and the Colts lost to the Denver Broncos, 17-10.

Highs in the lower 90s are expected Thursday, with a chance for storms as a cold front moves toward the region. About a 50 percent chance of storms is expected.

Once the cooler, drier air moves in from the northwest, highs Friday and into the weekend are forecast in the 70s, with lows dropping as cool as the 40s.

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