Break in heat wave a wel­come change

High of 85 set for Sun­day, with slight in­crease after­ward

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - CAPITAL REGION - Staff re­ports

Af­ter a heat wave that left peo­ple swel­ter­ing in tem­per­a­tures above 90 de­grees for al­most a week, Sat­ur­day brought a breezy re­prieve.

The high in the af­ter­noon was 79 de­grees, with north winds around 5 miles per hour, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. In the cooler weather, Cap­i­tal Re­gion res­i­dents headed out­side to bike, run, walk and sit out­doors.

“I’ve built up a good base tan over the last few days,” said Alex Naidoo, an Albany res­i­dent who was read­ing a book at Wash­ing­ton Park. “Now I can en­joy the sun without burn­ing.”

The av­er­age tem­per­a­ture in Albany be­tween July 1 and July 6 was 82 de­grees, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Albany tweeted Sat­ur­day. “This ranks as the 2nd warm­est first 6 days of July on record since 1911 when the av­er­age was 84.3F. Wow!” they wrote.

The ex­tra-toasty weather sent cus­tomers rush­ing to stores to buy air con­di­tion­ers and fans, usu­ally a trend around the Fourth of July even without a heat wave.

Nakia Sanchez, who lives in Albany, said she saw peo­ple push­ing carts full of fans ear­lier in the week. Sanchez bought two her­self.

“It’s fi­nally com­fort­able to sleep,” she said.

Don’t reach for those sweaters quite yet: Tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to heat up slightly, with a high of 85 de­grees Sun­day, 90 de­grees Mon­day and 89 de­grees Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Ed Colfer joked that he and his wife fought about whether to turn their air con­di­tion­ing unit on or off dur­ing the heat wave. The cou­ple live in Latham, and Colfer said the cooler weather was a wel­come change.

“It’s a very nice day,” he said Sat­ur­day, walk­ing through Wash­ing­ton Park en route to lunch. “There’s a breeze!”

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