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High of 65 almost a record temperature

July 25, 1997

By JENNYLYNN BROWN

Staff Writer

Had it been three degrees cooler, Thursday's high temperature would have set a July record.

The high in Hagerstown was 65 degrees Fahrenheit at 4:55 p.m., and Thursday's low was 62 degrees at 4:52 a.m.

"A rare, almost unheard of event. It's the second time in the last 100 years that it's been this cold in July," said Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.

The coolest date for this month was July 13, 1990, when the high temperature reached only 63 degrees.

The rain that fell Thursday was not a remnant of tropical storm Danny, Keefer said.

"This is a cold front from the north, and it's been so cloudy and rainy the last couple of days - that has held the temperature down," he said.

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Hagerstown received one inch of rain in the 24 hours since Wednesday evening.

Normal July rainfall is 3.33 inches. The total so far for July is 3.58 inches of rain.

Keefer said it will be a "fast return to summer - to heat and humidity."

He expects the highs to reach the upper 80s today and to climb into the 90s over the weekend, with possible summer showers.

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