Heat index reached 101 in Hagerstown on Wed.

another scorcher expected

June 21, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Smithsburg resident Joel Reynolds, 21, takes a break Wednesday from cutting grass in the heat at Staley Park.
Photo by Caleb Calhoun

HAGERSTOWN — Temperatures soared throughout the mid-Atlantic Wednesday, topping 90 degrees for much of the afternoon in Hagerstown.

The temperature Wednesday had reached a high of 93.5 degrees in Hagerstown at 2:58 p.m., and the heat index — a measure of temperature and humidity — hit 101 degrees at 4:50 p.m., according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer’s Weather Station website at

More hot weather was expected Thursday. The National Weather Service forecast a high of 95 for Hagerstown. Counties to the east and north of Washington County, including Frederick County, Md., and Franklin County, Pa., were under heat advisories, with temperatures in the high 90s and heat indices of 100 or more predicted.

Area residents handled Wednesday's oppressive heat and humidity in different ways.

Hagerstown residents Steve Stone, 60, and Don Fox, 55, were out working for the city Wednesday at around 1 p.m., trimming trees at Hagerstown City Park.

“It’s been hot, but this has to be done,” Stone said. “It’s been sticky. We have to drink a lot of water, and bring extra ice.”

Fox said it was important for them to move at a slower pace than usual.

“You don’t want to over-exert yourself when it’s this hot,” he said. “It’s been very hot, and we’ve been at this pretty much all day.”

Smithsburg resident Joel Reynolds, 21, was cutting grass at Staley Park on Wednesday. He said that it got tougher as the day wore on because the weather got warmer.

“Everything around me and everything I touch is hot, including the equipment,” he said. “We have to try to take breaks as we need to if we start feeling bad, because it’s not worth passing out for.”

Some residents were outside voluntarily.

Travis Taylor, 30, of Hagerstown tried to beat the heat by taking a dip in Claude M. Potterfield Swimming Pool at Staley Park on Frederick Street.

“I felt like I was about to melt today,” he said. “The first thing I thought of was getting in a pool and getting in some cold water.”

Shippensburg, Pa., resident Hope Lewis, 12, spent time with her parents at City Park.

“I’m trying to get outside more,” Hope said. “My body’s just used to the heat already. I stay in the shade, drink lots of water, and put shorts and a tank top on.”

The weather is expected to get hotter Thursday afternoon, with the high expected to hit 95 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

There was a 40 percent chance of rain Thursday along with a chance of showers and thunderstorms expected through Friday.

As the weekend approaches, temperatures are expected to stay in the 80s, moving from 89 degrees Friday, 87 degrees Saturday and 86 degrees Sunday, the weather service said.

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