Cooler and dry weather forecast this week

Turn off the air conditioning and crank down the car windows – it’s going to be a gorgeous week.

After the incredibly hot and humid weather that blanketed the area in too-recent memory, this week will offer unseasonably cool and dry weather, said Craig Evanego, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in State College.

This sort of dry and cooler weather is “perfect” for doing exterior contracting work, said Dustin Waugh, 41, owner of RCDM Contracting, 340 Mountain Ave. in Williamsport.

“If it’s not raining, it’s perfect,” he said.

Since his company is an 80-percent exterior contracting company, cooler weather equals greater work efficiency.

“When it’s over 85, 90 degrees, you get overheated, and you got to stop and get a drink. With this weather, it’s perfect. You can keep going,” Waugh said.

More good news is that officials at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room said they didn’t think there were patients who required treatment due to this month’s heat wave.

Perhaps that’s due to people staying indoors with air conditioning, as people didn’t really venture out even for a cold treat. It simply was too hot, said Ann Derr, owner of Swirly, a frozen yogurt and ice cream shop that opened in December 2012 at 500 Pine St.

Business varies, and it’s been opposite of what one would think, she said. “Sometimes we have better business on a rainy day than on a hot day. This is our first summer (open), and it’s not predictable,” Derr said.

Rather than the weather, the biggest indicator of business is when college is in session or seasonal attractions, such as Little League, she added. These factors make a big difference in a smaller city like this, she said.

Although rain came in downpours Sunday morning, the first part of the week should have a good deal of sunshine with highs in the upper 70s Monday and Tuesday.

“Since normal high temperatures this time of year in Williamsport is in the low- to mid-80s, it’s a nice break to have highs in the mid-70s in late July,” Evanego said.

Even though some clouds may come in Wednesday, the high will be 80 degrees.

Thursday should be the most humid day as a front is expected to come across the area, bringing some showers and thunderstorms. Highs will remain around 80 degrees.

Despite Thursday’s humidity, it’s nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year, Evanego noted.

That front should clear out by Friday, making it a beautiful start to the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures hovering around that same 80-degree mark.