Cold front promises relief

July 28, 1997


Staff Writer

After a weekend of hot and humid weather, Tri-State area residents should get some relief from a cold front that was expected to gradually settle in overnight Monday.

The cold front is blowing in from the north, bringing with it mostly sunny weather, reduced temperatures and low humidity this week, said National Weather Service forecasts.

The temperatures should remain in the 80-degree range, unlike the weekend highs that reached the mid-90s, according to the National Weather Service.


The heat index, which measures how hot the temperature, humidity level and dew point combination makes it feel outside, peaked at 105 degrees in Western Maryland in the past couple of days, a weather service spokesman said.

Hagerstown received a heat index past 130 degrees at one point Monday, when the highest temperature was 95 degrees and relative humidity was 84 percent, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.

Residents in Chambersburg, Pa., saw wide fluctuations in temperature in the past week, including a record low of 63 degrees on Thursday and an average heat index of around 100 degrees between Friday and Monday, said Jerry Ashway, a weather observer in Chambersburg.

High humidity and dew point levels worsened conditions there this weekend, Ashway said.

"It's almost unbearable, as we all know," Ashway added.

For those in Martinsburg, W.Va., haziness, heat and humidity converged on the area during the weekend, possibly shooting the heat index past 105 degrees, said weather observer Tina Holiskey.

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