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Cooler temperatures to replace record highs

September 17, 1998

The past few days of record-breaking 90-degree temperatures has it seeming more like mid-summer than early fall, but cooler weather is in sight, Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer said Wednesday.

Highs are expected to be in the low to mid-80s for the rest of the week, Keefer said.

"We should see a gradual cool-down over the next couple of days, with a stronger cold front coming in Monday night into Tuesday," he said.

Next week, temperatures will be in the 70s under partly sunny skies, he said. Normal temperatures for this time of year are in the upper 70s with lows in the 50s, he said.

Tuesday's high of 94 degrees broke a 71-year-old record of 93 degrees set in 1927 in Hagerstown, said Keefer.

The recent hot temperatures will be knocked out when a cold front over central Pennsylvania moves south, said John Newkirk, program manager for the National Weather Service at Sterling, Va.

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"It won't be a major help but it will give a little break,'' he said of the lower temperatures expected.

There is a little chance that rain will fall - about 20 percent, said Newkirk.

- Staff Writer Kimberly Yakowski

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