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95-degree temperature ties record in Hagerstown

June 07, 2008

The heat wave that has consumed the Tri-State area led to a record-tying high temperature on Saturday in Hagerstown, according to www.i4weather.net, a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.

The temperature reached 95 degrees shortly before 4 p.m., tying the record for the date set in 1999, according to Keefer's Web site.

The weather is expected to remain hot today and Monday, with highs expected in the mid-90s each day and heat indexes into the triple digits, said Jon Pacheco, an AccuWeather meteorologist based in State College, Pa.

The stifling heat is being caused by high humidity. Dew-point temperatures over the next couple of days are expected to be in the upper 60s, "which is very humid," Pacheco said.

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No heat advisories or warnings had been issued for the area as of Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

"It certainly doesn't mean it won't be hot," Pacheco said.

The temperature is expected to reach 90 degrees on Tuesday before a cool front passes through the area later in the day, Pacheco said.

AccuWeather is calling for a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms later Tuesday as the front passes, with cooler air coming in behind it, Pacheco said.

"There is relief on the horizon," Pacheco said. "Behind the front, the air will be more seasonable. Still warm, but comparatively, it will feel much better."

Wednesday's high temperature is expected to be in the low to mid-80s, Pacheco said.

-- Tim Shea

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