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Hagerstown sets new weather record with hottest day ever in June

June 29, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • West End Little League All Star Jeremy Peralta cools off with a wet towel during a game against Clear Spring Friday night. District officials delayed the game 30 minutes due to the heat.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

A new weather record was set in Hagerstown on Friday.

The temperature reached 100.7 degrees at 3:57 p.m., the hottest day in June ever recorded in Hagerstown, according to i4weather.net, a website operated by local weather observer Greg Keefer.

It broke the old record of 100 degrees set in 1934 and 1988.

HMTV 6 meteorologist Brittany Beggs said a heat wave has gripped Washington County.

“This weekend will consist of temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s, and overnight lows near 70,” Beggs said.

She said a few pop-up showers could materialize  today and Sunday during the afternoon hours.

“For the weekend, stay hydrated and keep cool, as the combined heat and humidity can boost heat indices into the 100s,” Beggs said.

Area residents tried to beat the heat Friday by flocking to the water, many of them along the Potomac River in Williamsport.

Carrie White and Dottie Bruns drove up from Winchester to go kayaking along the river.

“It’s the best place to be when it’s hot,” said Bruns, 54. “We drink a lot of water on a hot day like this, and we are either by an air conditioner or in the water.”

White, 47, said that the heat is much more bearable when she is on the water.

“Staying inside on a day like this is boring,” she said. “We’re going kayaking and swimming. We want to get out on the water.”

If the record-tying temperature wasn’t enough, the heat index in Hagerstown reached 116 degrees at 2:33 p.m.

Falling Waters, W. Va. resident Tim Veazey got out Friday morning to run along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the river in Williamsport.

Hagerstown resident Stephanie Greathouse also took her kids swimming and fishing in the river in Williamsport. She said she did not mind the heat as much while near the water.

“We usually go swimming when it gets this hot,” she said. “This is a good place to go fishing and swimming, and we drink lots of water, as well as getting in the water.”

Not all area residents near the water took a dip, however.

Falling Waters, W. Va. resident Tim Veazey, 39, went running by the river Friday morning.

“It just clears your mind to get out and run, and work up a sweat,” he said. “I was in the Navy stationed at Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba) and in Afghanistan, so this isn’t anything compared to those places. I just keep hydrated.”

Hagerstown resident Dianne Steenburg, 58, also went walking along the river to look at the nature around Williamsport.

“I’m trying to get pictures of water birds,” she said. “I just love God’s creations. I prefer cooler days, but carrying backpacks with water makes it easier.”

John Emerick, a spokesman for Potomac Edison, said no power outages were reported Friday, despite a larger number people using their air conditioners.

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