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Maryland weather: Cooler temperatures, less hazy skies expected overnight Wednesday into Thursday

Cooler temperatures and less hazy skies are expected overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for much of Maryland until 8 p.m. but a little over a quarter an inch of rain fell and no major damage was reported.

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Not only will temperatures be cooler Thursday, with a high of 85 degrees and low of 66, but it’ll also be less humid, forecasters say.

The haze that is blanketing much of the state is from the wildfires in Oregon that brought smoky skies to Maryland. Most of the state, minus the Western panhandle, is under a Code Orange air quality alert Wednesday that expires at the end of the night.

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That means air pollution concentrations could become unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, people with asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases and the elderly. Those groups should consider avoiding strenuous exercise outdoors, according to the National Weather Service.

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