It’s a scorcher so far

Published 10:40 am Saturday, June 26, 2010

FRANKLIN—Summer is off to a sizzling start, with two record-setting days for high temperatures this week and no break in sight for next week.

According to data from the website, Thursday’s high in Franklin hit 102 degrees, shattering the previous record of 96 set in 1956.

Tuesday also saw a record high, 98, which eclipsed the previous mark of 95 set in 1949.

Wednesday’s high was 99, tying a mark set in 1981.

Temperatures fell just short of breaking more records on Sunday and Monday, the official first day of summer. Sunday’s high was 97 degrees, one degree short of the record 98 set in 1970, and Monday’s high was 96, one degree short of the 97 mark set in 1949.

The forecast for the next three days called for more high heat, with temperatures expected to hit 96 Saturday, 102 on Sunday and 99 Monday. If those predictions hold true, the highs will fall short of three record-setting days from the summer of 1952, when the high hit 101 degrees on June 26, 105 on June 27 and 103 on June 28.

June has been a scorcher so far, with 18 of the 24 days of the month registering high temperatures of at least 90 degrees, the highest of which was Thursday’s mark of 102. High temperatures are predicted to stay in the 90s for the rest of the month.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management warns that high temperatures can be harmful and recommends that people avoid strenuous activities outside. If working outside is unavoidable, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty.

Other VDEM recommendations include eating small meals, eating more often, dressing in lightweight, light-colored clothing, and staying indoors in an air conditioned room as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor and out of the sun. Use electric fans to cool down.