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Code Orange air quality alert in effect as temperatures hit mid-90s

Wednesday: Thunderstorms possible in the afternoon

Heat, humidity and sunshine are creating unhealthy air pollution in Baltimore on Monday, as temperatures surge into the mid-90s.

The Maryland Department of the Environment issued a "Code Orange" air quality alert for Monday, which means air pollution may become unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, the elderly and people with heart or lung conditions. The heat and sunshine interacting with chemicals in exhaust can produce ozone and other pollutants.

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Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport hit 94 degrees by 2 p.m. Monday, and with humidity it felt a few degrees hotter. At the Inner Harbor, temperatures hit 91 degrees bt with higher humidity it felt like the upper 90s there.

More heat is forecast Tuesday, with the heat index expected in the mid-90s.

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Rain chances are forecast later in the week, with temperatures forecast in the upper 80s but with humidity making it still feel like the 90s.

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