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Beat the heat

No end in sight as heatwave continues through the week

LANA MUTHLER/THE EXPRESS Two-year-old James McCloskey is having a good time with Olivia McCloskey. They were cooling off as temperatures rose into the 90’s Monday afternoon. James and Olivia were with a group getting wet in Fishing Creek near the railroad bridge in Mill Hall. They said they live nearby and have been coming to the swimming hole since they were youngsters and remember when they caught crawfish there. Others in the group were Rachael McCloskey, Cameron Hill and Lance Morris. They said they’ll likely spend more time at their favorite water hole as the heat wave is expected to remain through the week.

LOCK HAVEN — There’s a heatwave rolling through central Pennsylvania right now — and it’s not going away anytime soon.

“It’s defnitely a hot streak, there’s no doubt about that,” said John Feerich, AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist. “It’s an impressive heatwave, but it’s not unprecedented.”

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to low 90s all week long. The good news: The hottest day was yesterday, when temperatures topped out at 97. Only Thursday — at 91 — is the temperature expected to get over 90. Today, we will get close to 90, but not quite there, reaching 89. Look for an afternoon thunderstorm in spots. On Wednesday, an afternoon thunderstorm may pop up again.

According to Feerich, the lack of precipitation is part of the problem.

“We’re not getting a lot of rain, which adds to the heat. The ground is so dry, it makes it much easier to drive the temperatures up,” Feerich said.

Thursday hits 91 and it will be sunny, hot and humid. The humidity looks like it will continue into the weekend. Friday will be humid with sunny intervals and a high of 88. On Saturday, look for sunny skies and more humidity. The high will reach 85. On Sunday, some strong thunderstorms are possible and the high reaches 85.

“It looks like there’s not much of a break,” Feerich said. “There’s a chance for some showers, thunderstorms over the weekend, but the problem is that those won’t be significant enough to cool things off,” Feerich said.

The steamy temperatures will drag into next week. Next Monday, the high will be 85 with a couple of showers possible. The rest of the week looks like this: Tuesday, July 14 (87 degrees), Wednesday, July 15 (89 degrees), Thursday, July 16 (89) and Friday, July 17 (91).

In short, we aren’t going to be getting a break anytime soon.

“It looks like it starts right up again next week,” Feerich said.

Feerich recommends staying inside in the air conditioning. If you have to be outside, he said, make sure to take the proper precautions.

“It’s hot … so if you have to be outside, try to stay in the shade and be sure to hydrate,” Feerich said. “If you can stay inside in the A/C, do that.”

For more information about the heatwave, visit www.accuweather.com or download the AccuWeather app.

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