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Locals try to dodge the heat

July 16, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • John-Michael Frye, 10, of Clear Spring beats Monday's heat by sliding into the pool at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — After taking a week off, the heat returned Monday.

Hagerstown resident Nelda Romrell, who was selling hot dogs from her Hot Diggity Dogz Cart on West Washington Street in Hagerstown, said she was a little surprised by the warm weather.

“This is my first season, and it is a little warmer and less stable than what I expected,” she said. “I’m from Colorado, and it’s muggy here. Colorado’s a very dry heat.”

Romrell, 72, said the excessive heat can affect her business.

“We rely on foot traffic. And when it’s very hot, most of the people here stay inside,” she said. “We have a lot of rain and a lot of sun here.”

The temperature reached 93 degrees at 3:35 p.m. Monday in Hagerstown, according to http://i4weather.net, a website maintained by local weather observer Greg Keefer. The heat index reached 100 degrees at 3:36 p.m., the site said.

Clear Spring resident Dee Fraley, 44, said she was running errands downtown and it was tough to walk in the heat.

“You hope wherever you’re going has air conditioning,” she said. “It’s rough.”

Fraley said at times she went inside a place just to cool off.

“It helps until you go back outside,” she said. “You just have to drink a lot of fluids and dress appropriately.”

David Hose, 37, of Hagerstown, was searching for jobs in downtown Hagerstown and said he would take his breaks outside.

“I was outside when it was 100 degrees, so it’s moderate to me,” he said. “I’m used to the heat. I just try to drink a lot of liquids.”

Ben Seifarth, 25, of Hagerstown, walked to The Gourmet Goat for lunch from his job.

“The heat hits you right in the face whenever you go outside,” he said. “But I just spent a week at the beach, so I’m kind of used to this right now.”

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature is expected to stay in the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday, but drop to the mid-80s by Thursday.

HMTV6 Meteorologist Brittany Beggs said the change in temperature from Wednesday to Thursday could cause thunderstorms.

“Next weekend, we’ll have a pleasant weekend,” she said. “The middle of the week is when we’ll have a chance for strong storms.”

Beggs said humidity levels are rising in the area as well.

“Because those humidity levels are high, we could see heat indices exceed 100 degrees,” she said. “There are advisories being issued north of Washington County. I do expect those advisories to go southerly into Washington County as we get into Wednesday.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Jackson said thunderstorms during the middle of the week could be severe.

“Heat rarely goes away quietly,” he said. “We do expect strong to severe thunderstorms.”

Jackson said the hot temperatures could continue through July, even after the weather cools down this weekend.

“We’re expecting above-normal temperatures for the rest of the month,” he said. “July through September are expected to be hotter than usual.”

The hottest summer in Hagerstown was 2010, with an average of 77.7 degrees, according to Keefer’s website. The average in July that year was 80 degrees, the site said.

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