May 24 2016 – Today has been something special for our weather. In what is currently the coolest May on record, at 2 PM the temperature at Baltimore’s BWI Airport hit 80°F for the first time this month. It seems like we have turned the corner for a few days at least, and the warm air will surge into all of the Mid Atlantic region for the rest of the week. Upper 80s well within our reach and a reminder that summer is nearby. But many forecasts have also shown showers and I wanted to elaborate on that a little. Also, there will be a nuisance building off the coast that looks to impact Memorial Day weather.
Here are the quick view maps, but first I wanted to start off with the good news…
The warm afternoons in the 80s should stay through Sunday. Average temps should be in the upper 70s, so take this in stride. Notice the cool down Memorial Day? I’ll get to that in a moment
If you are planning a trip to Ocean City or other local beaches, the latest water temperature was 56°F. I doubt local pools are much different. However, this chilly water does tend to take longer to warm than the air. It’s called a temperature lag. The warmest ocean water tends to be in September, after a summer of heating.
First the regional view for Thursday and Friday.
The risk of showers and thunderstorms are primarily in the afternoon and evening. The type that will be widely scattered and last a few minutes to under a hour in duration.