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Cooler relief is in sight after a few scorcher days

July 26, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN

karenh@herald-mail.com

After a few days of forecasts of temperatures pushing triple digits, cooler weather is in sight, AccuWeather meteorologist Jon Pacheco said Monday.

"It does look like relief is in sight - that's the good news," Pacheco said.

According to Pacheco, the bad news is thermometer-busting mercury levels are expected to stick around at least through Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory is set to expire at 8 tonight. Meteorologist Andy Woodcock said on Monday that warnings might be extended through Wednesday.

Woodcock said so far this year, temperatures have yet to top 95 degrees in either Washington, D.C., or Baltimore.

"So, it is quite warm, but it is not all that unusual," Woodcock said.

According to the National Weather Service, Monday's high temperature as of about 9:20 p.m. was 92 degrees.

The Hagerstown weather Web site, www.i4weather.net, which is run by Greg Keefer, lists 19 other days of 90-degree or warmer temperatures this year.

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Pacheco said he expected the heat index - the measurement of how hot it feels outside - to climb to about 105 degrees Monday and even higher today.

People should drink plenty of liquids and avoid going outside, Woodcock said. They also should wear light-colored clothing and long sleeves to protect themselves from the heat.

Good news is in sight, Pacheco said. He forecast highs in the mid-70s Thursday and 80-degree temperatures for the weekend.

"It's going to feel really refreshing after how sticky it's been out there," Pacheco said.

Hot weather tips...


  • Stay hydrated. Dr. Thomas Gilbert, chairman of emergency medicine at Washington County Hospital, recommended drinking sports drinks, such as Gatorade. Avoid alcohol, since it causes dehydration.

  • Wear light-colored clothing and hats, and long sleeves to protect yourself from the heat, suggested National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Woodcock.

  • Limit outside activities, especially in the mid-afternoon. If you must be outside, rest in the shade.

  • Never leave pets or children in vehicles outside.

  • AAA Mid-Atlantic suggests drivers run errands in the morning and evening and refuel after dark to limit gas evaporation. Motorists should avoid using air-conditioning systems in stop-and-go traffic, and they should leave space between vehicles, so one vehicle's engine does not draw in the exhaust of the one in front of it.



People who experience nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness or headaches because of exposure to the heat should seek medical attention, Gilbert said.

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