County tries to stay cool amid heat wave

90s ex­pected in Ce­cil through week



— Bethany Reynolds spent the hottest part of Tues­day with her daugh­ters — Alethia, 3, and baby sis­ter Re­gan — refreshing them­selves in the new out­door swim­ming pool at the YMCA of Ce­cil County near Elk­ton.

The high­est tem­per­a­ture


for Tues­day was a muggy 92 de­grees, recorded in the early af­ter­noon. The coolest tem­per­a­ture for Tues­day, a balmy 72 de­grees, would oc­cur shortly be­fore mid­night, ac­cord­ing to pro­jec­tions by me­te­o­rol­o­gists.

For Ce­cil County and the sur­round­ing area, Tues­day marked the fourth day of a heat wave that is ex­pected to last through Satur­day. In broad terms, three con­sec­u­tive days or more with tem­per­a­tures of 90 de­grees or higher con­sti­tutes a heat wave.

“The only way I could image be­ing out­side on a day like to­day is to be at the pool,” said Reynolds, a North East-area res­i­dent. “Oth­er­wise, you’re stuck in­side with the air-con­di­tion­ing. That’s why we’re here.”

That’s ap­par­ently why dozens of other adults and chil­dren were wad­ing, swim­ming and playing in the YMCA pool on Tues­day af­ter­noon

“It’s so refreshing,” said Sheila Snelling, a Ce­cil County res­i­dent who was

en­joy­ing the cool wa­ter with her son, Joshua, 7.

The out­door pool has been at­tract­ing peo­ple since it opened about two months ago, said Ge­orge Patchell, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the YMCA.

“It’s very busy to­day, but I can’t say it’s a sig­nif­i­cant surge be­cause it’s been pretty busy at the pool all sum­mer. We’ve had quite a few warm days,” he com­mented.

This lat­est heat wave — there have been at least two oth­ers this sum­mer — started Fri­day when high tem­per­a­tures were in the low 90s. That hot weather re­mained through the week­end into Mon­day, the most sti­fling day in the se­ries.

“It was very op­pres­sive. It felt like it was 105 to 110 de­grees,” said Lance Franck, a National Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist who is sta­tioned at Mt. Holly, N.J.

Franck was re­fer­ring to hu­mid- ity, wind or lack thereof, and other stan­dard fac­tors, which made Mon­day’s tem­per­a­ture feel hot­ter than it ac­tu­ally was. Franck re­ported that the 96-de­gree tem­per­a­ture logged in Wilm­ing­ton, Del., the clos­est of­fi­cial record­ing site to Ce­cil County, tied a record for that day, which was set on July 25, 1987.

Re­porters with Bal­ti­more-based TV news shows, mean­while, re­ported that Mon­day’s high tem­per­a­ture was 100, not count­ing the hu­mid­ity and other fac­tors. In Elk­ton, the dig­i­tal Ce­cil Bank sign on North Street read 102 de­grees shortly af­ter 1 p.m. Mon­day.

Tues­day was back down to the low 90s, and the hu­mid­ity had dis­si­pated slightly. The same type of weather ap­pears to be in store for the next few days, Franck said, qual­i­fy­ing that fore­casts as of Tues­day in­di­cated that Thursday could be even hot­ter and stick­ier than the re­main­ing days in this heat wave.

“We could be into the mid to up­per 90s on Thursday, and it could be more sti­fling,” Franck said. “It Elk­ton res­i­dent Jef­frey Wine­holt uses a pa­tri­otic-themed um­brella to pro­tect him­self from the sun as he walks down Rail­road Av­enue on Mon­day, the hottest day so far in this long heat wave.

all de­pends on the dew point (read­ing). A few de­grees one way or the other could make a dif­fer­ence.”

The like­li­hood of af­ter­noon and, or, evening show­ers will be great­est on Thursday, and they are ex­pected to al­le­vi­ate the mug­gi­ness, ac­cord­ing to Franck.

“We should get some re­lief by Fri­day. A cold front will be ap­proach­ing,” Franck said, adding

that Fri­day and Satur­day likely will be in the low 90s, but with much lower hu­mid­ity, and that the high tem­per­a­ture should be in the 80s by Sun­day.

At least one law en­force­ment agency in Ce­cil County used its Face­book page this week to cau­tion res­i­dents about the high heat and to give tips on how to safely func­tion in it.

“I was out in it, and I could tell how dan­ger­ous it was. I’m a pretty fit guy, and I could feel it. This is the kind of heat that can over­come even the fittest of peo­ple, let alone the el­derly and peo­ple with med­i­cal con­di­tions. I just wanted to make the pub­lic aware,” ex­plained Capt. Joseph Zurolo, spokesman for the Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment.

The list of posted tips in­cludes mov­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties to morn­ing and evening hours, drink­ing lots of wa­ter and de­caf­feinated bev­er­ages, wear­ing light­weight cloth­ing, lim­it­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and wear­ing sun­screen outdoors. It also warns not to leave pets, chil­dren or el­derly peo­ple in cars.

Kathryn McKin­ney, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of pro­mo­tions and mar­ket­ing for Union Hos­pi­tal in Elk­ton, re­ported that three patients were treated for heat-re­lated prob­lems at that med­i­cal cen­ter on Mon­day, the hottest day thus far in the heat wave.

No patients re­quired treat­ment for heat-re­lated med­i­cal is­sues over the week­end, she noted.


Re­gan Reynolds crawls in the shal­low end of the new out­door pool at the YMCA of Ce­cil County near Elk­ton on Tues­day. She was un­der the watch­ful eyes of her mother, North East-area res­i­dent Bethany Reynolds.


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