Maryland weather: Amazing week, weekend storm tracking

Baltimore– Fall doesn’t officially arrive until Saturday, but our Tuesday morning is clearly feeling it. The skies are clear and the air is fresh, with out-of-door temperatures ranging from the mid-upper 50s to lower 60s.

Great fall weather is with us through Thursday. We will see abundant sunshine, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. Highs each afternoon will be around 80 degrees. Morning lows will be refreshingly cool in the 50s to near 60.

The only problem during this time will be an increase in the ragweed population as the dry and breezy weather continues.

Things start to change on Friday with the return of intraday clouds. Temperatures will reach highs in the 70s. As of now, Friday night football games look dry, but keep checking the forecast to make sure rain doesn’t arrive early.

The large, extended high pressure area that will be responsible for providing us with this nice weather this week will begin sliding eastward into the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, that will leave us at the mercy of a developing low pressure area off the southeastern coast of the United States. The pressure difference between these two weather systems will generate breezy to windy weather Friday night into Sunday.

In addition to the winds, we will watch bands of rain move in from the south late Friday night into Sunday. Rain is likely to be heavy, especially near the coast. It’s very early now, so we’ll be adjusting the forecast as the weekend approaches. The amount and coverage of precipitation depends on how quickly the high pressure area moves east and how far south the storm reaches north.

On beaches, rough waves, rip currents, beach erosion and some coastal flooding will be possible as strong easterly winds are brought in. This will continue for almost the entire weekend.

Plan for a rainy, fresh and cool Ravens game on Sunday. This storm system will gradually move offshore on Monday giving us some residual rain before the weather turns nicer next Tuesday. Any changes in the storm’s track, intensity, and size could change the weekend forecast for better or worse, so keep checking back for updates throughout the week.

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