THE BIG SWEAT
It has been blistering outside, and shade and air conditioning are warranted as daily average temperatures are about 10-degrees above normal for the middle of July.
Nevertheless, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in State College doesn’t expect any record-high temperatures to be set; at least nowhere near the years 1988 and 1995, when the mercury soared to above the 100-degree mark during July.
“We’re not looking any where near breaking any high records,” said Kevin Fitzgerald, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.
That’s not to say Mother Nature isn’t her bothersome middle of summer self, especially for those who work or play outside or are attending the Lycoming County Fair this week.
On Tuesday, at least one man had received treatment at the first aid building at the fairgrounds, according to Shirley Temple, a registered nurse who volunteers for the American Red Cross.
“We’re not seeing a number of heat-related injuries,” she said. “Some of them are warm, but we haven’t seen heat exhaustion … it’s mostly been blisters,” she said.
Some women are wearing high heels at the fairgrounds, she added.
A bull riding competition Tuesday night had her on the alert, however. “We hope the bull keeps his horns to himself,” Temple said.
A burst of humidity and heat can be expected up until the weekend, as temperatures stay above average, however. The average high temperature for this time of year is 84 degrees and temperatures were expected to peak Tuesday at about 94 degrees.
“It’s normal to get heat waves in July,” Fitzgerald said, looking at the rest of the week’s high and low record-setting days.
High daily temperatures previously soared to 103 degrees for the week over the course of collecting weather data, he said.
A review of the past couple of days shows the high temperature reached 90 degrees and the low 68 degrees on Sunday.
It’s was wicket hot on one week during the Great Depression as the record-high temperature for July 14 is 102 degrees, set in 1936, and the record-low temperature was 45 degrees, set in 1940.
Monday’s high temperature reached 94 degrees and the low was 68 degrees. The record-high temperature for the day is 103, set in 1995 and the record-low temperature, 48 degrees, set in 1930.
The record-high temperature for Tuesday reached 103 degrees, and was set in 1988, while the record-low was 47 degrees, set in 1946.
As of Tuesday afternoon, temperatures were expected to peak out at about 94 degrees.
For today, the record-high temperature is 98 degrees, set last year. The record low is 49 degrees, set in 1946.
For Thursday, the record-setting temperature was 98 degrees, set in 1953. The record-low is 47 degrees, set in 1909.
As Friday approaches, temperatures will start to dip a bit and head back into the high-80s to low-90s, according to Fitzgerald, far below the 101-degree record-setting high temperature set in 1991 for the day. The record-low for that night is 49 degrees, set in 1924.
Cooler air will arrive by Saturday, he said.
The record-high for the day is 100, set in 1991.