HAGERSTOWN -- Children filled Hagerstown's playgrounds and ball fields Friday afternoon - a sure sign that summer has arrived.
Spring officially ended Friday at 7:59 p.m., making today the first full day of summer.
The area's recent cool-weather pattern soon will ease, and temperatures will climb closer to normal summer highs, Tom Kines, an AccuWeather meteorologist, said Friday.
The area normally sees high temperatures in the mid-80s and low temperatures in the mid-60s in July, Kines said.
Forecasters expect this summer to be a bit warmer than usual, but the weather by no means will be sweltering, Kines predicted.
This spring's rainfall was about 4 inches more than average, according to www.i4weather.net, a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.