Storms only grazed Baltimore on Thursday despite several weather watches in effect for the region, according to the National Weather Service.
“It seems like everything stayed south” of BWI Marshall Airport, said NWS meteorologist Cody Ledbetter.
Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, for example, experienced flooding, and about a dozen downed power lines were reported in Montgomery County, according to NWS, which had predicted wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
Both counties also got about 2 inches of accumulation, Ledbetter said late Thursday night. Baltimore was forecast for up to a half-inch of heavy rain, but it never reached that mark.
The heaviest part of the storm also plowed through central Anne Arundel County, dumping hail in Annapolis and kicking up steep waves over the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis was under a thunderstorm warning until 5:45 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 9 p.m. for nearly all Maryland counties, including those in the Baltimore region.
Thursday’s high of 86 degrees will fall to the 60s by night. Although rain could linger Thursday night, skies are expected to clear by Friday morning. Pleasant 80-degree temperatures are expected throughout the weekend after a brutally hot week.
“The weekend, it’s pretty dry,” Ledbetter said. “It’s a pretty quiet period through Monday” and then thunderstorms possibly return Tuesday afternoon.
The temperature this week peaked Wednesday when it was 96 with sticky humidity, making the air feel even hotter.
Maryland health officials on Wednesday announced the first heat-related death reported in the state this year.
A 65-year-old man died in Baltimore County, the Maryland Department of Health said.
“As this tragedy shows, heat-related illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can result in serious ailments and even death,” Deputy Secretary for Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan said in a news release. “During hot weather, Marylanders are urged to take precautions to avoid overheating and check on friends and neighbors that may be susceptible to heat-related illness, especially older adults and people with chronic disease.”
The department monitors temperature conditions and heat-related illnesses and deaths. Heat-related illness can affect anyone, but officials warn that those most at risk are people under age 5 or over age 65, people with chronic illnesses, people taking certain medications, and those who are exercising or working outdoors.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.