Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Spring, Summer, or Sprummer?

It's still spring and will be for another 5 weeks, but it feels like summer has already made at least a few appearances. Our normal high for this time of year is in the lower 80s, yet we have already had 8 days in the upper 80s. Let me add that the 7 day forecast also has plenty of upper 80s in it, too!

The real start to summer isn't until June 22nd although summer vacation is about to begin for most youngsters and Memorial Day is right around the corner (the unofficial start to summer according to most people).

As we head through May and closer to June, we know that the real heat isn’t far away.

Here are a few quick heat tips to keep in mind in the coming months:

1. Slow down...only do strenuous outdoor activities early in the morning or in the early evening.
2. Dress in lightweight, light-colored clothing.
3. Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages.
4. Don't get too much sun, and stay in A/C when possible.

Heat Index

What else do we associate with summertime? Humidity! We got a taste of it the past few weeks, but it's only going to get worse. Get ready for dewpoints to climb into the 60s and 70s and stay there! And then, when you have both the heat and humidity combined, meteorologists get the pleasure of talking about the heat index. I know everyone is just dying to hear me say, "It's going to feel like 100 today." Don't worry...I'll stall as long as possible, but it's ultimately up to Mother Nature.

Meteorologist Sonya Stevens


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