Pool to open with heat wave

A burst of heat will strike the Williamsport area later this week, leading those running the city’s only operating community pool to open its doors before the expected weekend rush of sunbathers.

East End Pool at Shaw Place Park on Sheridan Street will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, according to Justin Simpson, city recreation director.

Simpson’s rationale for opening up the pool for those selected eight hours before the weekend is the expected heat surge forecast and because of the below-average temperatures over Memorial Day weekend.

To his knowledge, no other area community pool will be open during these two upcoming days.

Simpson said the pool was open Monday, but it wasn’t the kind of attendance as last year, when temperatures resembled what they will Thursday and Friday.

Unseasonably warm, summer-like temperatures are headed this way and will begin to be felt starting today and throughout the weekend, according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

Warm and humid air will flow into the area starting today, bringing with it the chance of some late-day thunderstorms, he said.

By the afternoon, temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal, and into the mid-80s, continuing through Sunday, with temperatures at their peak Friday and Saturday, in the upper-80s, approaching 90 degrees.

Tuesday’s rainfall helped to eliminate the rain-deficit the region’s farmers and others have endured for most of the spring and this month. Before the showers, the city had seen 2.54 inches of rain for May, with 3.18 inches of rain normal for the month.

“We were still about a half an inch below normal,” Evanego said before Tuesday’s showers.