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Temperature reaches 100 degrees in Hagerstown

July 06, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION and DAN DEARTH
  • Matt Bosenbark, left, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Jeff Shoaf of Hagerstown drink water Tuesday afternoon after teeing off on the 13th hole at Black Rock Golf Course in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer,

o Power company prepared for heat wave

The unrelenting heat over the region continued Tuesday, driving Hagerstown's high temperature slightly above 100 degrees and tying a record, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's website.

At 3:38 p.m., the city's temperature stood at 100.4 degrees and Keefer called it a tie with the previous high record of 100 degrees set July 6, 1977, according to his website, i4weather.net. The record was also tied on the same date in 1999, the website said.

Although the high temperature was 100.4 degrees, Keefer said he rounded the temperature down to 100 degrees.

It was the first time since Aug. 17, 1999, that the temperature reached 100 degrees in Hagerstown, Keefer's website said.

The heat is being caused by a high-pressure system in the region that has not moved, said Kevin Witt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

Consistent days of no rain, lots of sun and lack of moisture in the air are allowing the temperatures to rise to unusually high levels, Witt said.

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The temperature is expected to reach 99 degrees Wednesday, then temperatures are expected to start decreasing Thursday, when a high of 94 degrees is expected. On Friday, the temperature is expected to reach 93 degrees and Saturday's high is expected to be 87 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is possible Thursday, but there is only about a 20 percent chance it will come, Witt said. The chance will increase to 40 percent Friday and Friday night, and there is a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Despite the temperatures Tuesday, people were venturing outside.

Hagerstown residents Donnie Branch and Terry Haugh braved Tuesday's heat to play 18 holes at the Black Rock Golf Course off Mount Aetna Road.

"This is the worst I've ever seen it," Branch said of the weather. "Your shirt's sticking to you. We're trying to find all the shade we can."

Branch compared Tuesday's high temperatures to those in Miami, where he lived for 10 years.

"It's just as bad," Branch said. "You try to get accustomed to it, but you just can't."

The golf course's parking lot was a little less than half full at 10 a.m.

Black Rock Golf Director Darrell Whittington said the scorching temperatures haven't deterred many customers, although one man called Tuesday to cancel his tee time because he said it was too hot.

"This has been the worst in the last eight or 10 years," Whittington said. "It got hot and just stayed that way."

Whittington said Black Rock employees were busy refilling water coolers on the course every three or four hours to ensure golfers stayed hydrated.

A spokesman at the Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown said troopers were patrolling interstates Tuesday to make sure no one was stranded in the heat. No problems had been found, the spokesman said.

Last month, the average temperature for Hagerstown was 76 degrees, topping the previous hottest June recorded in 1899 by one degree, according to Keefer's website.

The highest temperature ever in the city was 105 degrees on July 14, 1954, the website said. The second-highest temperature in the city was 104 degrees on July 16, 1988, the website said.

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