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Warm weather brings taste of spring to Tri-State

January 07, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - Holiday vacations might be over, but it's not too late to enjoy some warm Florida air.

Temperatures in the Hagerstown area were expected to rise into the 60s today and tomorrow, as a high pressure system off the Atlantic coast draws up warmer air from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

Sunday afternoon, families strolled through City Park without coats as temperatures reached a high of about 58 degrees, according to Hagerstown weather station data at www.i4weather.net.

"It feels like spring," said Rose McDonald, 66, of Halfway, who brought her three grandchildren to get some fresh air.

Ashley Bockstanz, 17, spent the afternoon sketching ducks from a park bench. She said she was glad the warm weather came on a Sunday.

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"If I was at school now, I'd be staring out the window all day," the South Hagerstown High School junior said.

The National Weather Service predicted partly sunny weather for today and tomorrow, with a high near 61 today and near 64 Tuesday.

Wednesday morning will bring cooler air and a chance of showers as a low-pressure system moves in from the west, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Greg Schoor.

Wednesday's high will be near 55, the National Weather Service predicted.

Though the normal high for this time of year in Hagerstown is about 39 degrees, Schoor said the warmer temperatures were nothing out of the ordinary.

"Every year there's a period where a high-pressure system will pull up higher temperatures for a few days, and then a winter system from Canada or near the Great Lakes will swing through and bring colder weather," he said. "Everything averages out in the end."

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