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Mercury tops 95 again

heat wave expected to continue through weekend

Weak cold front will move through Washington County, bringing some relief next week

July 06, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ and CALEB CALHOUN | andrews@herald-mail.com, caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Emma, left, and Luke Fair enjoy the cool water of the lake at Greenbrier State Park in Washington County on Thursday. The high temperature in Hagerstown on Thursday was 96 degrees, and temperatures in the 90s are forecast for through Sunday.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

Friday marked the eighth straight day in which the high temperature in Hagerstown reached at least 90 degrees, according to i4weather.net, a website maintained by local weather observer Greg Keefer.

On five  of those days, including Friday, the high temperature reached at least 95 degrees, Keefer’s records showed.

The heat is expected to continue through the weekend, with temperatures in the 90s forecast through Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

On Friday, Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia were under an extreme heat watch, according to the National Weather Service. High temperaratures around 100 degrees and heat indices in the 105-to-110-degree range were forecast, the NWS reported.

At excessive heat warning was in effect for Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon.

The temperature in Hagerstown reached 95.7 degrees at 2:22 p.m. Friday, according to Keefer's website. The heat index reached 104 degrees at 1:44 p.m., the site reported.

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But Brittany Beggs of HMTV 6 news said “a bit of relief” will come soon.

“A weak cold front will move through Washington County this weekend ....” she wrote in an email. “The overnight lows will drop well into the 60s next week.” 

Area residents coped with the heat in different ways Thursday, when the high reached 96 degrees in Hagerstown.

Smithsburg resident Kendra Scharenbroch, 46, was running at Fairgrounds Park while her son was at baseball practice.

“I run three to four days a week, and I drink a lot when it’s hot like this,” she said. “I brought two waters and a Gatorade.”

Scharenbroch said that she was running before noon.

“I run a lot slower when it’s hot,” she said. “The heat zaps my energy.”

James Frush, 61, of Hagerstown, took his dog, Fraggile, out walking at Fairgrounds Park.

“I come out here three or four times a week,” he said. “I don’t mind the weather at all.”

Frush said he enjoys walking, regardless of the weather.

“I don’t care if it’s cold or hot; it doesn’t affect me,” he said. “The only thing I don’t like is the wind, or if it’s raining or snowing.”

Paul Johnson, 45, of Hagerstown, said he was running errands in downtown Hagerstown that were “worth the blazing heat.”

“I just keep a cool rag on,” he said. “If you keep your head and your neck cool, your body will stay cool.”

Mark Richardson of Hagerstown, who was walking downtown, said the heat did not affect him at all.

“This isn’t hot. Bring it on,” he said. “I’ve been in temperatures hotter than the heat index is here.”
Hagerstown had two similar streaks of high temperatures in July 2011.

From July 17-24, there were eight consecutive days of at least 90-degree heat. The high temperature dropped to 88 on July 25, then a new streak of eight straight 90-plus days began, from July 26 to Aug. 2.

Keefer reported that July 2010 and July 1999 are tied as the hottest July on record, with an average temperature of 80.0 degrees. July 2011 is next, with an average of 79.9 degrees.

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