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Heat nearly breaks Hagerstown record

June 10, 2008|By THAISI H. VELASQUEZ

HAGERSTOWN -- With near record-breaking temperatures and a heat advisory in effect Monday, local residents and outdoor workers were finding ways to maintain their cool while battling the elements outdoors.

According to local weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site, Monday's high - 95.8 degrees at 3:36 p.m. - missed breaking the record for June 9 by slightly more than 2 degrees. The record high of 98 degrees was set in 1933.

Those who had to be outside Monday dealt with a heat index that made it feel like it was 105 degrees at one point in the afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the heat index or "apparent temperature" is an accurate measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to the actual air temperature.

A much-cooler 83 degrees was the high for June 9 last year.

Brandon Jones, a Northern Pipeline Construction employee, felt the heat as he replaced a gas main as part of a utility reconstruction project on Jonathan street.

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"It's really hot, and it gets miserable when you're working hard," Jones said. "On hot days like today, you have to do your best to stay cool. You have to drink a lot of water and try to stay in the shade."

Some lucky local residents found much-needed relief from the scorching weather at Claude M. Potterfield pool on Frederick Street.

Jennelle Cunningham, 27, decided the pool was the best place to take her 8-year-old daughter, Katelynn.

"It's really hot in our house. We just bought a new air conditioner and we're trying to get it to circulate," Cunningham said. "We decided to come out here and cool off."

"Our house is a little cold, and the pool is really, really cold," Katelynn said.

The forecast



Today: High 93. Low. 64. Chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

Wednesday: High 82. Low 61.

Thursday: High 84. Low 60.

Friday: High 85. Low. 63. Chance of rain.

Source: AccuWeather

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