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City poised to break heat record

July 28, 1999

A 44-year-old record for the hottest July ever is expected to be broken this week. Forecasters from the National Weather Service are predicting four more days of 90-degree weather which, if correct, will make 1999 the hottest July on record.

The standing record was for 20 days set in 1955. The record was tied in 1966.

Tuesday's 92-degree high brought Hagerstown's total to 19, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's website.

If the temperature reaches 90 degrees today the record will be tied and a repeat on Thursday will break it.

Sunny skies are predicted through Saturday along with a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of thunderstorms each day, said forecaster Jim DeCarufel.

But don't expect the rain in the forecast to make a difference with the drought the Tri-State is experiencing, he said.

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"It's just a drop in the bucket," he said. The area needs several days of heavy downpours to help matters, he said.

The hot weather we've been having is not unusual and not going anywhere, so people should get used to it, he said.

"It's summertime, what do you expect?" he said.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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