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Hot temperatures hit area

July 11, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Italia Younger, 6, squirts her 4-year-old friend Treyvon Green during a squirt gun battle Monday afternoon at Williamsport's L. Beard Miller pool. Both are from Hagerstown and were cooling off from the high temperatures Monday with their families.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Plenty of sunshine in a high-pressure system drove the mercury in Hagerstown to 94.7 degrees Monday, coming within about three degrees of a heat record set in 1936.

The high temperature was reached at 4:59 p.m., according to Hagerstown Greg Keefer’s website at i4weather.net.

The record high temperature for July 11 in Hagerstown is 98 degrees, according to Keefer’s website.

The hot weather is being caused by a high-pressure system that is extending into high levels of the atmosphere, according to Kevin Witt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. When that occurs, it allows for a lot of sunshine, Witt said.

Another factor with the current system is that it is suppressing anything that might bring down temperatures, like a rain shower, Witt said.

A couple of thunderstorms did move through the Hagerstown area Monday, starting at about 6:20 p.m.

A weak frontal system that is expected to move into the area Tuesday might cause a rain shower, but the temperature still is expected to reach 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The record high temperature for Hagerstown for July 12 is 101 degrees, set in 1908, according to Keefer’s website.

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After Tuesday, temperatures are expected to begin tapering off, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday’s high temperature is expected to be 88 degrees, Thursday’s high is forecast to be 85 degrees and Friday’s temperature is expected to reach a high of 83 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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