Weather too cool to tie heat record

July 29, 1999

Wednesday's weather may have felt hot but it was too cool to tie a 44-year-old record as the hottest July ever.

The temperature gauge hit 85 degrees on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. That is five short of the 90 degrees or higher days needed.

The record of 20 days of 90-degree weather in July was set in 1955. The record was tied in 1966.

So far this month, the temperature has climbed to at least 90 degrees in Hagerstown on 19 days.

Hagerstown still has a chance to tie or break the record since the National Weather Service predicts three more days of 90-degree temperatures.

If temperatures reach 90-degrees today, the 1955 record will again be tied. It will be only the third time on record that Hagerstown has had 20 days of 90-degree plus temperatures in July.


On Monday the temperature soared to 95 degrees, making it only the seventh time in 102 years that the mercury hit or exceeded the 90-degree mark on 18 days in July. The first recorded year the temperature hit or passed 90 degrees was in 1898.

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

The rain, although helpful will not do much to ease the drought that has affected the Tri-State area, said DeCarufel.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is expected to make an announcement regarding a statewide drought at 11:15 a.m. today at the Liberty Reservoir in Carroll County.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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