Temperatures climb as heat wave begins in the Washington County area
Taylor Jiles, 12, left, helps her friends, Tiara Williams, 11, center, and Loderique Gordon, 12, into the pool Monday at the Robert W. Johnson Community Center on North Avenue in Hagerstown. (By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer / June 24, 2013)
Temperatures reached 91 degrees on Monday at 1:43 p.m., tying the year-to-date highest recorded area temperature, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at i4weather.net.
This “heat wave” — as Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, called it — is forecast to last through Thursday.
“The hottest air mass of the season is going to happen in the next couple of days,” Lasorsa said Monday, noting that expected temperatures aren’t unusual for late June.
The first official day of summer was Friday.
Tuesday's high is expected to be 92 degrees, according to the weather service website at www.nws.gov. The forecast calls for the temperature to climb to 95 degrees Wednesday, and dip slightly to 93 on Thursday.
Temperatures will cool off a bit later in the week, but the humidity will endure, Lasorsa said.
The humidity in conjunction with the sunshine is making it feel especially warm, with the heat index making it feel about 10 degrees hotter than the actual temperature, said Kris Nation, chief meteorologist for HMTV6.
“Also, we’ve been so cool the last couple days that people are really noticing” the temperature difference, Nation said.
The humidity was at 90 percent at 4:37 a.m. Monday morning, and was at 60 percent at 4:35 p.m., according to Keefer’s website.
The moisture was also triggering storms in the area, Nation said.