Spring weather returns, and it feels like summer

April 19, 2004|By WANDA T. WILLIAMS

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown-area residents shed winter clothing for shorts and sunglasses over the weekend.

The temperature in Hagerstown reached the mid-80s during the warmest weekend so far this year, a National Weather Service spokesperson said.

The warm weather lifted spirits and brought people outside.

"Enjoy it while you can," said William Fridge of Hagerstown, laughing.

Fridge said the nice weather inspired him to leave home to attend morning church services at Zion Baptist church on Bethel Street in Hagerstown.

Nearby, a group of residents sat side-by-side in lawn chairs, talking and making comments as people and traffic passed by on Jonathan Street.


"You'll find us out here from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. when the weather is nice," said 62-year-old James Roberts, gripping his cane for support as he exchanged jokes with neighbor Ernest Burnett.

The temperature Sunday reached a high of 85 degrees, said Jackie Hail, a National Weather Service spokesperson. The forecast calls for highs in the 70s for the remainder of the week, Hail said.

"Toward the end of March, Hagerstown reached a high of 76 degrees, but March fluctuated, dropping to a cooler mid-40s by the end of the month," she said.

April started out with temperatures in the high 40s that reached the 70s in the first week of the month, only to drop again, with a few rain showers that were typical for this time of year, Hail said.

To date, April has brought 2.75 inches of ran, which is less than normal, Hail said. There is a 30 percent chance of rain starting again on Friday.

"This is spring weather for Hagerstown, but don't bring all the plants outside yet," she said.

Hail said April has a history of chilly nights and days spilling over into the first of May.

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