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High Temperatures Have Arrived in State College

by on June 17, 2014 12:00 PM

The heat that many of us dreamed about back in the cold months of February and March has finally arrived.

This afternoon, State College will be in the mid-to-upper 80s, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines. Factoring in the humidity, it’s going to feel ever warmer – possibly lower-to-mid 90s.

“It’s going to feel very warm and very muggy,” Kines says of the midday weather.

It might not feel like it, but this is still significantly lower than the daily high temperature record. For June 17, the record is 94 degrees in State College.

Although the day won’t remain a landmark date for its weather, this heat is still considered abnormal for this time of year. 

“A normal high is upper 70s. We are in the upper 80s, so it’s on the unusual side,” Kines says. “It’s certainly happened before but it’s not typical for June.”

According to Kines there might be a thunderstorm in spots throughout the region later this afternoon, however there is a better chance of it tomorrow in the early evening.

The heat and humidity will be around tomorrow as well, most likely hitting the mid-80s. After that, the temperature will cool down later this week due to a front coming in from the north. It will still be humid on Thursday but the temperatures will trim down on Friday and Saturday. This weekend also might see a shower or thunderstorm, Kines says. 

With the outside temperatures soaring upward, it’s common for residents to use more electricity during the summer months. There’s no concern at this point about the region not having an adequate supply of electricity, but West Penn Power Spokesman Todd Meyers did offer some tips for saving money.

Meyers advises always keeping the thermostat at 78 degrees. For every degree below 78, you use an extra 3 percent of electricity. On the flip side, you save 3 percent for every degree above 78.

“That’s a fairly comfortable temperature -- it will feel good when it’s 90 outside,” Meyers said. “And if you’re not home during the day, it’s worthwhile to put the thermostat up a little bit.”

Meyers says another common problem is blocked air conditioning units. Residents often put couches in front of their units, so the cool air is blocked. By moving furniture out of the way, money can be saved.

There are also commonsense moves residents can make to cool the home when the weather is warm, such as drawing the drapes and grilling outside, Meyers says.

Other tips and incentive programs can be found on West Penn’s website.

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Jessica Tully recently graduated from Penn State with degrees in journalism and political science. She is a frequent contributor to StateCollege.com and has also reported for USA TODAY, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Onward State and The Daily Collegian.
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