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Maryland weather: Tornado watch expires, but high winds up to 50 mph expected Monday

An overnight tornado warning and tornado watch had been lifted for most of Maryland on Monday morning as severe storms made their way out of the area, though high winds — with gusts up to 50 mph — were expected to continue.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory until 5 p.m., warning of possible downed trees and power lines.

The weather service had previously issued a tornado warning overnight for Frederick, Carroll and Baltimore counties, while a tornado watch was in effect overnight throughout much of Maryland. The Eastern Shore remained under a tornado watch until 7 a.m. Monday. A watch indicates that conditions are ripe for tornadoes, and suggests residents should be ready to seek shelter if a storm or tornado approaches.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, National Weather Service meteorologists said no tornado had been confirmed in Maryland.

A cold front is forecast to reach the Interstate 95 corridor Monday morning, bringing significantly cooler weather and drier air. Temperatures are forecast in the 50s.

Dew points surged to the mid-60s Sunday, a level of humidity typical in summertime. But they are forecast only in the 30s Monday and Tuesday.

The dew point indicates how much moisture is in the air — it is the temperature to which the air would have to cool for water vapor to condense.

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