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Local residents keep their cool in the heat

April 27, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- With temperatures in the 90s for the third straight day, snow cones and sodas were the most popular choices Monday afternoon at the snack bar in City Park.

Teresa Connolly of Hagerstown and her grandson were eating snow cones with some friends at a picnic table in the park.

"I'm truly enjoying this," Connolly said of the weather as she fed 2-year-old Caidan Baker the frozen treat.

Connolly said she spent time with family at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania and on the river this weekend.

"Get out as much as you can," she said.

Monday's summer-like temperatures weren't quite record-breaking, but they were close. The high of 91 degrees was 2 degrees shy of the record set in 1915, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site, www.i4weather.net.

Tuesday's high is expected to reach the mid- to upper 80s, well above the average high of 68 degrees for April 28.

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"There have been a lot of records broken in the mid-Atlantic region over weekend," AccuWeather meteorologist Heather Buchman said.

Saturday's high of 92 degrees in Hagerstown was a record, and Sunday's high of 92 fell 2 degrees short of a record.

Before Saturday, the last 90-degree day in April was April 19, 2002, when the high reached 90. In that same week, April 16 and 17 also set records with 90 and 93 degrees, respectively.

Buchman expects a cold front to move in beginning Tuesday night, and temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s Wednesday and Thursday, she said.

"We're not seeing any extremes like this in the near future," she said.

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