Area Endures Heat Wave
High temperatures and moist air have Moore County awash in its first wave of hot, sticky, sweaty, sultry weather.
"The heat isn't so abnormal for this time of year," said Barrett Smith with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, "but it has been complicated by the high humidity "
This week, temperatures have hit the mid-to-upper 90s each of the previous five days. The humidity has made temperatures feel like triple digits, with heat index values near 105.
Smith said in the short term, high temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s, but the air should dry out some, easing the humidity and -making it feel less so miserable outside.
The bad news is that the forecast for the summer, which officially starts Monday, is for above-average temperatures.
"Indications are that it is going to be a warm summer," Smith said.
Last year in mid-June, temperatures in Moore County soared above 100 degrees, but the summer as a whole was considered mild in terms of temperatures.
When possible, residents are urged to stay inside between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you must be outside, drink plenty of water and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
Children and pets should not be left in parked cars - even with the windows rolled down. Animals left outside should be given plenty of water and have available shaded shelter from direct sun.
One of the best ways to beat the heat is by splashing around in the pool.
A flood of people found their way to the Southern Pines community pool Tuesday, which opened for the summer. The pool is open from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, except Mondays. There is a free swim each day during the first hour of operation.
Pool admission fees are: 12 years and under, $1 for Southern Pines residents and $2 for nonresidents; 13 years and over, $2 for Southern Pines residents and $4 for nonresidents.
Children 6 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
For more information call the Southern Pines Recreation & Parks Department at (910) 692-2463.
Contact Tom Embrey by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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