Sizzling Heat, Record Temperatures Likely for Race Day (May 21)


Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: A spectator attends racing at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Updated 2022 Preakness Odds

*As of Saturday at 6:30 pm ET

1 Simplification 8-1
2 Creative Minister 10-1
3 Fenwick 9-1
4 Secret Oath 9-2
5 Early Voting 6-1
6 Happy Jack 9-1
7 Armagnac 17-1
8 Epicenter 8-5
9 Skippylongstocking 9-1

If you’re attending Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, it would be wise to get out your sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Yes, horse racing fans. It’s going to be a hot one and then some.

Record temperatures could hit the city hosting the 147th running for the second leg of the sport’s Triple Crown series. If the temperature reaches 96 degrees Fahrenheit or more, it will set a new record in the city.

Temps as of 930 AM are already in the low 80s. Today will be HOT with highs in the low to mid 90s. Protect yourself from the heat while working or playing outside. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, take breaks in the shade.

— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) May 21, 2022

The National Weather Service has issues an alert with Hazardous Weather Conditions from the area, which includes an Air Quality Statement, Special Weather Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook.

Current conditions as of 12:15 pm ET at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (KBWI) weather station put the temperature at 89 °F, with humidity at 50 percent and the dew point at a stuffy 68 °F.

Making weather matters worse is the Heat Index, which is sitting at 93 °F and still climbing. The weather is forecasted to stay this way throughout the day, with mostly sunny skies and western winds moving at 6 to 8 miles per hour.

Wondering the weather? | For Preakness Saturday, highs will reach the low to mid 90s. Expect mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies.

— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) May 21, 2022

The Preakness will feature nine of the top 3-year-old horses in the world going 1 3/16 miles on the Pimlico dirt track. Post time for the race is set for 7:01 pm ET, with NBC providing the TV coverage.

Earlier races from Pimlico will air on CNBC from to 2-4 pm ET, then switch to NBC from 4-7:30 pm ET. You can also stream the races on, the NBC Sports app and Peacock Premium.

Action Network handicappers Jeremy PondSean ZerilloMike Contic and TVG analyst Andie Biancone have you covered with their detailed insight and thoughts on the big race, plus several other betting angles that their best bets and longshots.

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