Heat wave cresting

Temperatures expected to drop Thursday

Temperatures expected to drop Thursday

October 08, 2007|By Arnold S. Platou

On a bank clock Monday afternoon in Hagerstown, the temperature read 95 degrees ? but the official high for the day was a mere 89.7.

Still, that made it the hottest October day in Hagerstown for at least 10 years, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site, which said the high temperature in Hagerstown was reached at 3:29 p.m.

And, at 88 degrees, Sunday also was a steamer.

It was so hot that "we had a customer in here this morning who said he was in his pool yesterday," said Valerie Divanna, a sales associate at Bair Pool & Supplies off Jefferson Boulevard near Smithsburg.

The heat wave is expected to cool off as the week goes on, with temperatures reaching a high of 87 today and 80 Wednesday before sinking into the 60s beginning Thursday, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.


The unseasonably hot start to October is being caused in part by an area of high pressure several thousand feet above the mid-Atlantic region, meteorologist Brian Lasorsa said.

It's air that's sinking and "when it does, it warms. That's how we have a bubble of warm air over us," he said. "And, we have warm air coming up from the South as well."

It's also been very dry ? no rain has fallen here since late September, according to Keefer's Web site, It said only 1.27 inches of rain fell during the month, far below the 3 inches that is normal for September.

Lasorsa said he doesn't see a chance of rain here until Friday and Saturday, when a storm system might come through.

Some area residents were able to take the heat in stride.

"I've just got the air conditioning on," said Juanita Grimm, town clerk at Clear Spring's Town Hall. "It's awful warm outside. I went out for lunch and got back right in the air (conditioning). It's too hot outside."

Bob Lytle, nursing administrator at Fahrney-Keedy Nursing Home and Village near Boonsboro, said most of its residents have their own room controls, from heat to air conditioning.

"Some residents have the AC on today," he said.

"We haven't turned on our boilers yet and it doesn't look like we'll ever have to," he said with a laugh. "We'll wait until it gets down in the 50s and 40s (before) we do that."

Vicki Cole, assistant manager of Flohr Pools off East Oak Ridge Drive near Funkstown, said because it's been so warm, many customers have been calling to find out whether they should hold off on closing their pools for the season. When it's warm like this, she said, it's best not to shut off the pumps and filters yet because bacteria can grow.

"But it sounds like by the end of this week, Mother Nature is going to take a turn," Cole said.

The air will turn colder, eventually.

According to Keefer's Web site, Oct. 13 is the average date for this area to have its first freeze. Last year, the first frost arrived right on time. In October 2005, it waited until Oct. 27.

Lasorsa said he doesn't see any sign of frost in the local forecast in the next week.

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