HUNTINGTON — Fall might only be a few weeks away, but with 90-degree temperatures forecast for most of this week, it still feels like the middle of summer.
“I love to come down to the river and do a little swimming when it’s this hot,” said 28-year-old Scott Smith, of Keyser, West Virginia, who has been staying in Huntington over the summer. “The water is a great way to beat the heat.”
On Sunday, temperatures around the Tri-State soared into the low 90s, and 90-plus-degree highs are forecast for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, according to AccuWeather. Humidity levels will add a few degrees to how hot it feels, according to the forecast.
Logan Moury, 24, is from Morgantown and was also at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington on Sunday.
“This is the first time I have been here, and it’s really nice, especially on a hot day like today,” he said.
Moury says he likes summer but prefers spring.
“I’m a hunter and love spring gobbler season, so that’s my favorite time of the year,” he said.
Tyler Dotson, of Huntington, was at Ritter Park with his 6-year-old daughter, Kylee, and their 5-year-old pitbull dog, Lexi.
“Kylee loves to swing and play in the park and Lexi likes to lie around in the shade,” Dotson said.
Dotson said he loves bringing his daughter and dog to the park during the summer, but he says he prefers fall weather.
“The summer can just be too hot sometimes,” he said. “I’m a fall weather kind of guy.”
Autumn 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere will begin Sept. 22, and AccuWeather’s extended forecast for the fall calls for high temperatures in the 80s and 70s until Oct. 3, when they are expected to drop into the 60s.
Long-range forecasts call for winter to be warmer than normal, with above-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid- and late December and also in late January and early February 2019.
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