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Heat Wave Heading Our Way

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

July 30, 2006

Temperatures are going to soar this week in the commonwealth. But Virginians aren't the only ones trying to beat the heat.

"This seems to be the hottest summer we've had in a long time," said Andrea Ross, the manager at Meade Pool in Charlotte's.

After a week of slightly cooler weather, the next few days are expected to be scorchers.

Temperatures are heading to the triple digit mark yet again, and that means the deck at Meade Pool will likely be packed with people trying to cool off.

"We've been really crazy," said Ross. "We've had a lot of groups come this year, and so we've been four and five guards up most of the summer. So it's been a great summer, but it's just been really hot."

It's also "really hot" in many other parts of the country, too.

For people living in the northern plains to the northeast, this summer's heat wave has been crippling. That's especially true for farmers and their crops.

Climatologists say more than 60% of the U.S. is badly in need of rain. The economic toll is huge.

"This drought is expanding and growing every week, and as it continues, it's going to put a lot more stress on our [agriculture] economy," said Perry Aasness, from the Department of Agriculture.

In other areas, the heat that is gripping the country is causing wildfires. It's chasing hundreds from their homes in the Dakotas this weekend.

"With heat like this - water, water, water," said Abby Uhrich, a firefighter battling the flames.

On the west coast, some places have had temperatures in the triple digits every day since July 16th.

In New York, thousands are still without power after violent thunderstorms moved through the city.

The week ahead, and it's soaring temperatures are sure to be challenging for people just about everywhere, including those of us right here in Central Virginia.

City officials said they may extend hours at several of the city's pools this week. They also say Key Recreation Center on Market Street will be open all day Monday for people who need to get into air conditioning and out of the hot air.


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