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Temperatures hit triple digits

some relief expected this week

July 07, 2012

Temperatures hit triple digits in the Tri-State area on Saturday, but some relief from the hot temperatures is expected this week.

The high temperature on Saturday in Hagerstown was 101 degrees at 3:06 p.m., according to i4weather.net, a website maintained by local weather observer Greg Keefer. The heat index reached 113 degrees at 3:05 p.m., according to the website.

Saturday’s high temperature fell one degree short of the record for July 7. The record high of 102 degrees was set in 1988 and tied in 2010, according to the website.

Jared Klein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said Saturday was the hottest day yet during the area’s heat wave.

“The weather pattern has been pretty stagnant,” Klein said. “A large area of high pressure has been stalled out over the eastern two-thirds of the country.”

The high temperature in Washington, D.C., on Saturday was 105 degrees, while the thermometer reached 103 degrees in Baltimore. Both cities set records for the date, Klein said.

The high temperature in Frederick, Md., was 100 degrees, Klein said.

Klein said temperatures should drop starting Sunday, when the high temperature is expected to be in the low 90s.

“We’ll have one more day of hot temperatures, then a cold front will come through (today), so we expect cooler temperatures during the workweek,” Klein said.

With the cold front moving through, there was a chance of thunderstorms Saturday night, with more storms possible today.

The high temperature on Monday is expected to be in the mid-80s, with temperatures in the 80s forecast for the next seven days, Klein said.

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— Tim Shea

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