Heat Releases Its Grip on Area for a Few Days
Moore County residents are finally seeing relief from the days of three-digit temperatures.
While the humidity will hang around, a stalled cold front over us is bringing back temperatures in the 80s and some much-needed rain.
The heat, which broke a string of records across the state last week, has left a trail of sunburns, crop trouble and water restrictions in its wake.
Southern Pines, which had just come out from under mandatory water conservation measures, was forced late last week to reissue them.
And everyone from backyard growers to commercial farmers have been feeling bedraggled by the extreme heat. Harry Webster of Moore County Farmers Market remains optimistic following the heat wave. While the crops haven’t been at 100 percent, he isn’t worried about the yield yet.
“It’s been hot, the bees aren’t as active, but most people still have enough water for irrigation,” Webster said.
Webster believes the farmers markets are especially lucky because more than one farmer is supplying the food. He is delighted in the turn of weather and promise of rain.
“We can’t go on like this all summer. We’d definitely have some problems,” Webster said.
The Moore County Farmers Markets supplies free water at the market.
“It’s not just the plants, it’s people too (that suffer),” said Webster. The market makes sure that vendors remain hydrated.
“We’ll just need more rain down the road.”
Monday’s high temperature of 95 degrees — broken by severe thunderstorms that rumbled through the area — was the “coolest” day in the past week, when temperatures topped 100 degrees each day.
That string made Tuesday’s mid-80s seem almost like an early hint of fall.
Kevin Bean, counselor at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills, also focuses on hydration. “We have to make sure the kids stay hydrated.”
Counselors there and at other day camps changed their routines last week to account for the higher temperatures.
“We can’t take the kids outside,” Bean said.
They also have upped their watering of the onsite vegetable garden.
“We water it three times a day and it is still dry,” said Bean.
The counselors have made games of staying inside and staying cool. The kids enjoy games such as seated basketball and playing with the water cooler.
“It was really hot,” said Bean with a shrug. “We try to make it fun.”
You’ll have a couple more days to enjoy the break from the heat. Overcast skies and elevated chances of rain are expected to move out by the weekend, returning temperatures to the more seasonable low 90s.
Contact Kirsten Ballard at Kirsten@thepilot.com.
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