Masks in Heat

Bob Kaelin, left, Xander Kaelin, 7, Kasey Kaelin, and Jayson Kaelin, 11, all from Delaware County, wearing their masks as they walk into Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse Tuesday July 21, 2020.

The oppressive heat that has kept daytime temperatures above 90 degrees in Lancaster County is expected to persist until at least midweek.

That’s according to regional meteorologists, who confirmed recent temperatures have been about 5 to 10 degrees above average.

But they have not been record-breaking or even “abnormal,” according to National Weather Service meteorologist David Martin.

However, Martin admitted this summer’s hot, dry weather could seem extreme when compared to the previous two, which were extraordinarily rainy.

“It seems like mother nature is just trying to balance things out,” he said, explaining some areas to the west of Lancaster County are beginning to experience drought-like conditions.

This year’s heat can be blamed on a weather pattern that is sending hot air from the midwest to the northeast, Martin said.

According to figures shared by AccuWeather, Tuesday marked the 15th day this month that temperatures reached 90 or above.

Paul Walker, an AccuWeather senior meteorologist, said it’s likely that temperatures will reach similar highs today and Thursday.

However, Walker pointed to historic figures — also shared by Millersville University — that put this year’s heat well below sometimes 100-plus degree records for the region.

And predicted thunderstorms could mean lower temperatures heading into the weekend, Walker said.

Still, weekend temperatures likely will remain in the 80s, he said.

Then, projections suggest it’s back to 90s for next week, Martin said. In fact, it looks like that weather pattern will persist into August, he said, though that could change.

Walker suggested that people remain indoors, preferably with air conditioning. The same is true for pets, he said.

“They suffer along with us,” he said.

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