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Thursday was Hagerstown's hottest day this year

heat index peaked at 109

July 18, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Sicilly Sellars, 5, splashes around in an inflatable pool outside her Potomac Ave home in Hagerstown on Thursday afternoon.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

Krista Bryant of Hagerstown went out Thursday afternoon for the first time all week to feed the ducks at City Park.

“It’s been so hot I didn’t really want to get out, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to cool down anytime soon,” said Bryant, 20. “It’s a beautiful day, but it’s just too hot.”

The temperature reached 96.3 degrees at 3:20 p.m. Thursday, and the heat index reached 109 degrees at 3:21 p.m., according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

With that, Thursday became the hottest day of the year thus far, beating out Wednesday which held that dubious honor for a day.

How hot was it? It was so hot that a scented candle liquefied Thursday within three hours on the dashboard of a Herald-Mail’s reporter’s vehicle, as did crayons. A dish of ice taken outside melted in 15 minutes.

However, an attempt to fry an egg on the pavement was unsuccessful.

Scott Smith of Greencastle also braved the heat with his daughter, Makenzie, 10, at City Park. Smith, 44, said that was the only time they were able to get out this week.

“Once you’re out it’s not too bad, if you stay in the shade,” he said. “We’ve been running for the shade and out of the sun.”

Makenzie said the weather has been “really hot and tiring.”

“I stay in the shade and eat snow cones to stay cool,” she said.

Meri Boland of Waynesboro, Pa., was with her nephew at City Park. She said that they planned to “cool off” in a creek near her home later in the day.

“We don’t mind the heat as much as most people,” said Boland, 39. “We just go in the shade.”

The current heat wave is one of several predicted for this summer by William O’Toole, weather prognosticator for The Gruber Almanack LLC, which produces the “Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack.”

O’Toole said there could be three or four more heat waves before the crisp days of fall.

“There could even be one in September,” he said.

He said temperatures in Hagerstown this summer have been slightly above average.

“Don’t expect any prolonged heat wave,” he said. “Eventually, something comes along to sweep the heat wave away.”

A cold front is expected to do just that this weekend, but it could also bring some storms, HMTV6 meteorologist Kris Nation said.

“The cold front is on target to come through Saturday afternoon, but it may cause strong storms,” he said. “We’re going to cook (Friday), (but) Saturday, it’ll be in the low 90s, and the cold front will come through.”

The high Friday is expected to be 94 degrees, with 91 on Saturday, before dropping to 85 Sunday, according to the AccuWeather forecast on the HMTV6 weather website at www.herald-mail.com/hmtv6/weather/.

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