What a miserable May it has been all across Central Maryland. In Baltimore we have had 10 rainy days for the month including a current stretch of 5 days in a row with measurable rainfall. For the month of May we are a little over 2.69" above average rainfall wise with 4.26" for the monthly total. Besides the rain we continue to fend off cold. So far we have had 7 days below average including a high of 56 degrees this past Sunday on May 13, 2019.
Not much has changed today but brighter and warmer conditions are on the horizon. A few intermittent showers are expected this evening before skies start to clear late tonight. Sunshine will be back in the cards come Wednesday as high pressure takes the wheel. With high pressure in control high temperatures should climb into the 70s before clouds increase late with a chance of showers arriving during the early morning hours of Thursday.
Several weak pieces of energy will roll through from now through the weekend. Rain chances will be relatively low as high pressure sits close by. High temperatures will also start to get a little warmer based upon more sunshine peaking on through those clouds. Right now the best chance for showers and storms looks to be on Friday as a cool front sinks on through. This boundary will stall to our south Saturday leaving clouds and a small chance of a passing shower Saturday.The 144th running of Preakness right now looks dry compared to what we saw last year where we nearly picked up .75" of rain. Sun and clouds are likely both Saturday and Sunday with high temperatures creeping close to 80 degrees.
A ridge will start to build as a result of a multi-day severe weather outbreaks in the central Plains. This outbreak will drive heat and humidity our way along with chances of pop up storms as the front sits on the edge of ridge draped across the area. By Monday and Tuesday next week highs could climb in the 80s to near 90 degrees.