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Temperatures soar into the 90s

June 12, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

While predictions for record high temperatures failed to materialize Tuesday in the Tri-State area, it was hot enough to be uncomfortable for many people who had to be outside during the day.

The high for Hagerstown reached 92 degrees, according to Greg Keefer's weather Web site. With humidity factored in, the heat index reached a high of 96 shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The record high for June 11 is 97 degrees, which was set in 1911.

Potomac Valley Fire Co. Chief Ron Gray said his volunteers were feeling the heat Tuesday afternoon while they were investigating a report of a submerged vehicle in the Potomac River for a possible rescue effort.

"It got a little hot for those guys in the boats who were wearing life jackets," Gray said.

The car turned out to be empty and no rescue was necessary.

Gray said the rule is they are to drink lots of fluids when they are in situations like that. To make sure they were well supplied Tuesday afternoon, the county's rehab unit was dispatched to the scene to provide liquids.

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"We didn't have any heat-related patients check in," a spokeswoman in the Washington County Hospital emergency room said late Tuesday.

Temperatures were warm throughout the Tri-State area.

In Martinsburg, W.Va., the mercury rose to a high of 92, but the low was just 72.

In Franklin County, Pa., residents were sweltering under 90-degree temperatures as well. According to Herald-Mail weather watchers, Waynesboro, Pa., reached 92 degrees, while Chambersburg, Pa., hit a high of 91.

In Frederick, Md., temperatures hit 92, while Emmitsburg, Md., had a high of 90.

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