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Heavy rains ease in Fay-West region, but high humidity predicted

Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
A large tree lies over the walking bridge in Willow’s Park in Mt. Pleasant. The tree was dislodged recently after heavy rains swelled the banks of Shupe’s Run.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
 

With the excessive amount of rain the Fay-West region has experienced over the past several week, a break will be well received. However, after the rains come, high temperatures and humidity, making it seem even warmer than the lower 90s that are predicted for the region, according to Accuweather meteorologist Tom Kines.

“The temperatures themselves may be in the low 90s, but with the high humidity, it will feel more like 100,” he said.

A few showers may hit the area this afternoon, but should be gone by this evening, making way for dry and warm days ahead.

“There is a chance of precipitation around 30 percent and you may see a few “popup” thunderstorms after 1 p.m.,” National Weather meteorologist Brittany Kusniar said, adding that the storms could bring additional rainfall of around a half-inch and the humidity will remain until the weekend. “When the cold-front comes through at the end of the week, you may see a break in the humidity.”

June was a wet month for the area, with the region receiving 5.48 inches of rain, compared to normal precipitation for the month at 4.30 inches; 20 days of the month's 30 saw some rainfall, officials noted.

July has proven to be even wetter, with only five dry days on record so far and the area receiving 3.95 inches of rain already. The average monthly rainfall total for July is 1.78.

There may be clear skies ahead, though.

“The significant amount of rainfall is over,” Kines said. “We may see some precipitation throughout the rest of the week, but unlike the ones in the past week. If we get thunderstorms, they should be pretty small.

“It is going to get dryer on Wednesday evening and continue through Friday and over the weekend,” he continued. “A cold front is then going to be coming close to us and that could help with the humidity.”

Kines said the temperatures for the weekend and next week will be near normal for this time of year, which are around the mid-80s, but don't be surprised if the thermometer hits the high numbers again before autumn.

“We're going to see our little hot spells in the summer yet, like always ” Kines said. “You can always expect to see a few hot and humid days.”

Hot days mean precautions should be taken for safety and health reasons. The American Red Cross has some suggestions.

“Excessive heat can cause numerous safety and health issues, including heat stroke and even death,” said Victor Roosen, emergency services director with the Red Cross. “We want everyone to stay safe during the hot weather, and we have tips which we encourage community members to keep in mind this week and throughout the summer.”

Roosen said that some tips include staying hydrated; wearing loose, light-weight and colored clothing; postponing outdoor activities; and using the “buddy system” when working outside.

Other suggestions include checking on family and friends who do not have air conditioning, making sure all animals have water, and never leaving children or animals in locked vehicles unattended in the heat.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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