100 degrees already

Published 9:56 am Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Despite temperatures hitting nearly 100 on Tuesday, Matt Springer rides his skateboard at the skate park at Armory Field

Third day of record-high heat forecast for today

FRANKLIN—Matt Springer has been skate boarding for eight years.
“Each summer it seems to get hotter,” the Suffolk 20-year-old said Tuesday while at the skate park at Armory Field, as a second day of record-high temperatures hit Western Tidewater. Yet that doesn’t stop him.
Wunderground.com reported a record-high 98 degrees in Franklin on Tuesday; the old record for May 31 was 94 degrees set in 1969.
On Memorial Day, temperatures hit 100, according to wunderground.com. The new high broke a 20-year-old record of 93 set on May 30, 1991.

The last two days also were the hottest ever in Franklin during May. The previous hottest day for the month was 97 set on May 21, 1996.

Another-record breaker is expected today, June 1. Forecasters are calling for another 100-degree day; the old record was 96 set in 1991.
Relief is in sight, said Lyle Alexander, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield. There’s a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms with strong winds expected today.
“You can expect a bit of a cool down Friday, holding down in the mid- to upper 80s,” Alexander said. “It also will be cooler on Thursday and then warm up for the weekend.”
When temperatures get into the upper 90s, business picks up at the Dairy Queen in Courtland, said assistant manager Eva Tillery.
“We’ve been pretty busy,” Tillery said Tuesday. “We’re selling a lot of ice cream, milkshakes and Blizzards.”
Memorial Day was busier because of the hot holiday.