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Summer kicks off Thursday, hot pattern expected into the weekend

This past weekend the high temperature on Sunday was 57, since then we have jumped into the 60s on Monday the 70s on Tuesday and today, we hit the 80s. As we push forward into the weekend the warming pattern will continue as we top out in the 90s on Saturday.  There has been plenty of sunshine and dry weather this week as well, and that will continue into the weekend.

Thursday is the first day of summer and it will feel like the middle of summer. Here is a bit more information on the astronomical start to summer.

The summer solstice is Thursday at 1:50 pm local time, when the direct rays of the sun are over the Tropic of Cancer.  This officially starts the Astronomical Summer as the Northern Hemisphere will experience the longest “day,” with 15.5 hours of sunlight possible out of a possible 24 hours in the day. The shortest day is the Winter Solstice in December when we only experience about 9 hours of daylight.

As for the forecast, not much change other than the temperatures.  I expect to see more 80s on Thursday and Friday, followed by low 90s on Saturday. A cooler pool of air, albeit still warm, will arrive on Sunday and we top out in the middle-80s.  More sunshine and 80-degree weather to start the new week then the upper 70s by Wednesday.

During the heat of summer, remember to stay hydrated, take frequent breaks, wear a wide brimmed hat and some loose-fitting, light-colored clothes.  Never leave pets or kids in your car.

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