Right now, if it weren’t for COVID-19, Baltimoreans would be lining the streets for Artscape, the city’s popular summer arts festival — and a longstanding harbinger of blistering heat.
But even without the festival, temperatures are poised to rise into the mid 90s this weekend, and humid conditions are expected to make it feel even hotter.
Last year during Artscape, the thermometer at Baltimore Washington Thurgood International Airport reached the triple digits — the only time that’d happen all summer.
Temperatures are unlikely to soar that high this weekend, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeremy Geiger, but it may feel like it.
“This will be probably our first 95-degree plus days coming up over the next couple days,” he said. “We’re going to have some humid conditions come in with this, and that could lead to higher heat indexes, too. So 95 will feel closer to a hundred.”
Sunday is likely to be the hotter day, Geiger said.
High temperatures, according to BWI’s readings, have lingered in the low 90s this past week. The highest temperature recorded so far this summer is 96 degrees, and it was recorded a few times in early June.
So this weekend might be the summer’s warmest so far, and Baltimoreans may be longing for Artscape’s cooling tents and misting stations — plus the music, art, games and food.
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