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Chesapeake Bay weather for January 8: sunshine with temperatures below freezing

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

National Weather Service forecast map
National Weather Service forecast mapMap courtesy National Weather Service

Today: Sunny but very cold with a high in the upper 20s. Light winds.

Tonight: Variable cloudiness with a low in the upper 10s to lower 20s.

Thursday: Increasing clouds with a high in the upper 30s.

Thursday Night: Cloudy with a chance of light snow, sleet, and rain. Low around 30.

Friday: A morning snow shower or rain shower, then mostly cloudy. High around 40.

The extended outlook calls for a chance of rain showers on Saturday with a low in the mid 30s and a high in the mid 40s. Clouds and sun on Sunday with a low in the mid 30s and a high near 50. Clouds and sun on Monday with a low in the mid 30s and a high around 50. Mostly cloudy on Tuesday with a low in the mid 30s and a high near 55.

Another sunny but cold day on the Chesapeake. At 11 a.m. temperatures are in the lower 20s around Baltimore and Annapolis, with mid to upper 20s to the south and east. Morning lows once again fell into the single digits at many locations and are slowly but steadily now rising through the 20s. Afternoon highs will reach the upper 20s around Annapolis with lower 30s to the south and east. The large pool of arctic air that has brought unseasonably cold temperatures to the Middle Atlantic region over the past couple of days is retreating back into northern Canada, but leftover cold air will keep us below freezing for at least the next twenty-four hours. A southerly wind will begin to filter into the region overnight and morning lows on Wednesday will only be in the upper 10s to lower 20s, about ten degrees warmer than this morning's lows. During the day on Wednesday, temperatures are expected to break above the freezing point during the afternoon with plenty of bright sunshine. Meanwhile, an upper-level disturbance may produce some light wintery precipitation in Annapolis on Thursday night into Friday morning. Several computer forecast models seem to be coming to a consensus regarding light precipitation breaking out during this time; however, the event will be minimal even if the precipitation were to fall as all snow. Over the weekend, a milder westerly flow will impact the region with some cloudiness and a few rain showers. Temperatures will climb into the 40s on Saturday and near 50 on Sunday. Next week's weather will begin with mild readings on Monday and Tuesday but later in the week a return to colder temperatures is anticipated as another pool of cold air moves down from the north.

On the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay, no advisories are currently in effect. Winds today will come out of the southwest at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds tonight will come out of the southwest at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds on Thursday will come out of the northeast at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Winds on Thursday night will come out of the east at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Visibility may be reduced in snow, sleet, freezing rain, or rain. Winds on Friday will come out of the east at 10 knots with waves around one foot. Visibility may be reduced in snow, sleet, or rain. 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 8 is 41 degrees and the average low is 24 degrees. The records at Baltimore on this date are 70 degrees in 2008 and 4 degrees in 1970. Today's sunrise will occur at 7:26 and the sunset will occur at 5:00. 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.