Heat wave to finally break

After feeling the heat for the past seven days or so, the area finally will receive some much-needed relief as it welcomes rain and clouds that will allow the mercury to take a dip toward more normal temperatures this week.

“Actually, (Sunday) is the first day we didn’t hit 90 degrees since the 13th (of July),” said meteorologist Craig Evanego, of the National Weather Service in State College.

Sunday hit a high of 88 degrees.

Evanego reported that the area saw its hottest weather last week on July 18 and 19 as the temperatures reached 95 degrees on both days. But despite the sweltering heat felt by the area, especially those attending the 143rd Lycoming County Fair, it didn’t come close to breaking the area’s record of 106 degrees from July 9, 1936.

“It looks like through the week it will be humid, but the clouds and chance of rain will break that heat,” Evanego said of the upcoming temperatures.

And although the area has gone through weeks of heavy rain in the past few months, the heat’s impact can be seen, Evanego said.

“Even though we had a lot of rain not too long ago, I think the heat is taking its toll on the lawns,” he noted, adding that many are turning brown.

But despite the heat relief, humidity still will cause some discomfort.

“Average temperatures in Williamsport for July, high temperatures usually are in the high to mid 80s. We’ll be closer to normal this week. But like I said, a little more humid than normal,” Evanego said.

A 60-percent chance of rain and thunderstorms is expected for today as temperatures will be in the low 80s. Tuesday and Wednesday will see much of the same as the chance of rain will loom. Temperatures will hover around 80 degrees.

The weather should clear up heading into the weekend.

And although rain is expected, the heat should be in check, Evanego said.

“Compared to what we had last week, it looks like we’ll be better off,” he said, referring to the temperatures.