The beating sun over Hampden
The beating sun over Hampden

If you’ve stepped outside in the last couple of days, you noticed it’s been strangely warm for this time of year. You’re not alone if you think it’s an anomaly. Forecasters say the mid-October mini heat wave could be record-breaking for Baltimore.

The National Weather Service says today’s high could hit 86 degrees by 4 p.m., and that tomorrow, the thermometer could reach 85 degrees around the same time. According to weather records shared by FOX45, it hasn’t been this hot out in about about seven decades. The record for today, Oct. 18, was set in 1945 at 82 degrees. The mark to beat for tomorrow, Oct. 19, is also 82 degrees, set in 1947.

Record warmth likely today.

— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) October 18, 2016

Within a few hours, the old record high for today could be history. As for Wednesday, the heat will likely surpass the 1947 mark, even with an approaching cold front set to bring a shower or two and some cloud cover.

Who doesn’t love a couple unseasonably warm days in October? At least it’s only the middle of the month. The forecast for the rest of the week shows temperatures could drop down to the low sixties by Saturday.

One can only hope we’ll have some nice, crisp weather by the time Halloween rolls around. For now, you may want to lose the sweater in favor of a t-shirt.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...