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Heat wave sets records

May 09, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Temperatures soared to 90 degrees or higher from Saturday through Tuesday, breaking records dating back to 1936, according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

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Saturday's 90-degree high tied a record set in 1986 and Sunday's 92-degree high broke the old record of 89 degrees set in 1959. The mercury climbed to 91 degrees Monday, breaking the record of 90 degrees set in 1936, Keefer's Web site said.

Carol Martin and her son Jim, 4, of Chambersburg, Pa., took time out on Tuesday to enjoy the weather at Hagerstown's City Park.

"I'm originally from Florida so I don't mind the heat," she said as pushed her son on a swing.

Dolores Hall of Hagerstown took her grandson Tim, 2, to the park to feed the ducks.

"It's hot but I don't want to stay inside all day," she said.

Cooler temperatures were expected today, with highs in the 80s and a chance of thunderstorms. The low was to be in the 50s, according to Dewey Walston, National Weather Service meteorologist.

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Thursday's high is expected to be in the 70s with clear and sunny skies.

The temperature will start to rise again Friday, with the expected high in the 80s. By Saturday, the temperature should be back in the 90s, he said.

Typical temperatures for May are in the upper 70s, although brief hot spells are not unheard of, Walston said.

"It's not as unusual as you might think. Normally there are one or two days every May when temperatures are 90 degrees or higher," he said.

Temperatures last year on May 6, 7, 8, and 9 were in the middle 60s to upper 70s. The mercury reached 90 degrees or above on just two days in that month last year - May 30 and May 31.

The 90-degree temperatures were the result of a high pressure front off the coast of the Southeastern United States, according to Walston.

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