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Wednesday was Hagerstown's hottest day of the year, so far

Some residents were out enjoying the heat, others were finding ways to cool off

July 17, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Physicians Assistant Megan Sehultz gives Williamsport Retirement Village resident Catherine Fox a ride Wednesday on the Potomac River at the Big Slackwater boat ramp off Dam 4 Road.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

The hottest day of the year so far in Hagerstown arrived Wednesday — and area residents were still outside finding ways to take advantage of it.

Erin Nelson of Hagerstown, who decided to go to City Park with her family, said she likes the heat.

“It’s a nice day, and there’s a lot of shade here,” said Nelson, 23. “We had a picnic, lots of water and a personal fan.”

The temperature reached 94.9 degrees at 2:30 p.m. in the city, and the heat index reached 101 at 2:25 p.m., according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

As some residents were out enjoying the heat, others were finding ways to cool off.

Sherianne Newby of Keedysville initially tried to take her children to Trego Mountain Nature Center, but eventually left and took them to Rita’s on Virginia Avenue.

“It was so darn hot, and those Washington County gnats made it worse,” she said. “We thought it was going to be nice, but it was 90 (degrees) at 11 (a.m.).”

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Alisha Poole of Hagerstown, a summer camp teacher, took the children under her care to Potterfield Pool Wednesday after they went to the movies. She said that she has to take certain measures to make sure the youngsters stay cool.

“It’s a lot of making sure the kids are still comfortable, and sunscreen’s always a big thing,” she said.

Poole, 21, said dressing in very light layers and making sure that they spend enough time inside are other ways to keep cool.

Other local residents had to work in the heat Wednesday.

Richard Murray, 49, of Hagerstown, who was working on a curb near Fairgrounds Park, said that although he never gets used to the heat, he learns to deal with it.

“It’s just like the cold in the winter,” he said. “It’s just that time of year.”

Travis Kessell of Hagerstown, who was working as a lifeguard at Potterfield Pool Wednesday, said he still has to stay hydrated.

“You don’t really think about it, but at the end of the day you can get tired if you don’t stay hydrated,” he said. “The sun takes a lot out of you.”

Kessell, 20, said that he usually sits in the lifeguard chair for an hour to 75 minutes at a stretch, and jumps into the pool after that.

The high for the rest of the week is expected to remain in the 90s each day, but it is expected to drop to 90 degrees on Thursday, according to the AccuWeather forecast on the HMTV6 weather website at www.herald-mail.com/hmtv6/weather/.

HMTV6 Meteorologist Kris Nation said that it should drop into the low 80s by Sunday, however.

“What’s going on is the high pressure system is locked in over us, and starting Saturday, we’re expecting a cold front coming down from Canada,” he said. “It’ll push this heat wave out of this region to Florida.”

But that front could potentially create severe storms in the region Saturday, Nation said.

“We can’t guarantee that Hagerstown will be hit by a superstorm, but there’s a very good chance the region will see storms Saturday afternoon,” he said.

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