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Chesapeake Bay weather for January 12: sunny and pleasant Monday

National Weather Service forecast map
National Weather Service forecast map
Map courtesy National Weather Service

Brian's exclusive forecast for Baltimore, Annapolis, and northern Delmarva:

Overnight: Mostly clear with a low from the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Monday: Mostly sunny and pleasant with a high in the mid 50s inland, upper 40s near the bay.

Monday night: Variable cloudiness with rain showers and a low around 40.

Tuesday: Rain showers early, then mostly cloudy with a high near 50.

The extended outlook calls for a chance of rain or snow showers on Wednesday with a low around 35 and a high near 40. Mostly sunny on Thursday with a low around 30 and a high near 40. Mostly sunny on Friday with a low around 30 and a high around 40. Mostly sunny on Saturday with a low in the upper 20s and a high in the upper 30s.

After yesterday's soaking rain, today's weather was quite pleasant for the middle of January with plenty of bright sunshine and mild temperatures. Readings climbed into the upper 40s around Annapolis to the mid 50s around Richmond, Virginia. Occasional gusts of wind from the west made it feel cooler than the actual temperature, but overall the day was tranquil and mild. High pressure will move off the coast on Monday, but will continue to provide the region with sunshine and mild temperatures. In fact, the mercury on Monday will reach the 50s at most locations except upper 40s right along the bay shore where cold water temperatures may hold readings down a bit lower than areas inland. Meanwhile, a cold front will approach from the west on Monday night and Tuesday. Rain will develop over the region in advance of the front. A secondary cold front will quickly follow the first frontal passage and should cross the area early Wednesday morning. Precipitation associated with the front may fall in the form of rain and snow showers in Washington, Annapolis, and Baltimore. A brief period of snow early Wednesday morning may coat unpaved surfaces, but temperatures should keep accumulations to a minimum. As the secondary front clears the area on Wednesday afternoon, sunny weather returns to the Middle Atlantic states on Thursday and Friday. Colder temperatures are expected to overspread the area by the weekend.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, a a Small Craft Advisory is in effect for Monday afternoon. Winds on Monday will come out of the south at 10 to 15 knots with gusts over 20 knots and waves from 1 to 3 feet. Winds on Monday night will come out of the south at 10 to 15 knots with waves from 1 to 2 feet. Visibility may be reduced in rain and fog. Winds on Tuesday will come out of the southwest at 10 to 15 knots with waves from 1 to 2 feet. Visibility may be reduced in rain and fog. Marine information is provided as general guidance. Boaters should always stay tuned to the latest forecasts and advisories from the National Weather Service.

The average high temperature for January 12 is 41 degrees and the average low is 24 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 70 degrees in 1890 and 1 degree in 1981. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:26 and the sunset will occur at 5:04. Weather data courtesy of the National Weather Service. For more weather updates, please visit my Chesapeake Bay Weather page on Facebook, and if you're heading to Ocean City feel free to check out my Ocean City MD Weather page on Facebook. You can also follow me on Twitter @chesbayweather.

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