High temps not above average

Published 8:48 pm Wednesday, June 10, 2009

All around town, temperatures are rising and brows are beading with sweat as summer rolls in.

The high in Troy on Wednesday was 92 degrees, a temperature that may seem abnormally hot to many residents.

However, according to the National Weather Service, the high temperatures have not been anything out of the ordinary.

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While data for Troy was not available, the data for Montgomery and its surrounding area showed the average high temperature for the month of June to be 93.5 degrees.

Temperatures are also down from this time last year, when the high on June 10 was 94.

The increased rainfall of this year may be the cause for the somewhat lower temperatures.

“One thing that helps is the rainfall has been in line with what’s normal. People tend to forget what the normal weather is like since we’ve had a drought the past couple of years,” said Jim Stefkovich, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Some local residents may worry that temperatures could rise to abnormal levels, but Stefkovich said that scenario is unlikely.

“We’re not expecting anything out of the ordinary,” Stefkovich said.

“Our daytime temperatures will be between 90 and 93 degrees, which is right around the average for this time of year.”

However, Stefkovich did say the temperature projections are subject to change.

“We could see a swing one way or the other depending on how strong a high pressure system that comes through is,” said Stefkovich.

Still, some Pike County residents said the temperatures seem hotter than normal.

“I went outside today and saw a 102-degree temperature on my thermometer, and I was amazed,” said Janet Motes, Director of the Colley Senior Complex.

Motes’ position as director of the Colley Senior Complex causes her to take a particular interest in the rising temperatures.

Motes said the Colley Complex has been trying to keep senior citizens aware of the risks associated with higher temperatures.

“We just try to make sure that people drink plenty of water, use sunscreen and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing,” Motes said.

Others in Troy have less serious concerns about the heat.

“I’ve only been able to lay out about twice just because it’s been so hot and I’ve been working a lot,” said Lauren Smith, who was using the Troy University outdoor pool on Wednesday.