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This is July? Cold Front Brings Unusually Chilly Temperatures

by on July 29, 2014 1:10 PM

The local pools and ice cream shops, usually brimming with activity during the summer, are noticeably empty.

Aside from a few people swimming laps at the William L. Welch community pool on Tuesday, it is deserted.

Anyone who's walked outside probably noticed it doesn't feel like summer. The chilly temperature makes it seem more like spring or fall in State College -- not the end of July.

The bad news? Paul Walker, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, says this cooler-than-usual temperature is here to stay for the next few days.

Walker says the chilly weather is the result of a cold front originating in central Canada that arrived over the weekend. After passing through State College, the unusually strong cold front managed to blow all the way to northern Florida.

Although it has already passed through town, Walker says we're currently experiencing the northwest winds that followed the cold front. AccuWeather recorded temperatures in the mid-50s at the University Park Airport Tuesday morning.

Walker says the temperature low for Tuesday night is 50 degrees. The weather is expected to stay chilly for the next few days.

Tuesday's temperature comes close to the record low but will not break it. Walker says the record low for July 29 is 48 degrees, a temperature that was set in 1989.

But the good news is that the temperatures will rise next week, making it feel more like summer in State College.

This week's weather may be chillier than usual but West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers doesn't expect many local residents to turn on their heating systems. But if they did, it wouldn't be a problem because the company is ready for an influx of electricity use during the summer.

If anything, he thinks residents won't use their heating or air conditioning this week, which will help their electricity bills. But when it does heat up again, he says the West Penn system is prepared.

"We don’t really get ready for cooler weather during the summer," Meyers says. "All our preparation is for a lot of air conditioning usage."

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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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