Local records fall as temperatures rise

NOTTINGHAM, MD—As an October heat wave grips the region, temperature records have begun to fall.

By 11 a.m., daily high temperature records were broken at both Dulles Airport & BWI Airport. Dulles reached 91 degrees BWI reached 92 degrees.  Those marks both broke previous daily records of 89 degrees set in 1986.

But that was just the beginning.

By noon, Reagan National Airport had broken a daily high temperature record by reaching 93 degrees. The previous record was 89 degrees, set in 1986.

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By 2 p.m., at a temperature of 97 degrees, Reagan National broke the record for all time high temperature in the month of October. The previous record was 96 degrees, which was set on October 5, 1941.

Also as of 2 p.m., with a maximum temperature of 98 degrees so far today, BWI broke the all time temperature record for the month of October. The previous record was 97 degrees, set on October 5, 1941.

BGE has already activated a PeakRewards emergency and many local school without air conditioning were closed on Wednesday.

The heat is expected to break on Thursday, with daytime highs in the mid-70s.

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