Summer begins, temps may cool

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 21, 2011

TaLiyah Person was all smiles at the Coleman Pool on Monday. She was excited about cooling off during the summer temps.

After seeing temps as high as 102 since the first part of June, one would never guess today is the official start of summer.

But it is.

Today at 12:16 p.m. marks the Summer Solstice, which, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, can be described as the longest day of the year. It occurs when the sun reaches its most northern point in the sky. After today, the days start getting shorter.

Luckily, today is also the day when area residents will begin to get a break from the summer heat.

Today’s high is expected to come in at 97 degrees, with a 10 percent chance of rain.

That chance of rain will increase through Saturday as showers and thunderstorms make their afternoon appearances.

On Wednesday, the high is set for 94 with a 20 percent chance of rain. Thursday and Friday will bring a 50 percent chance of rain with a high between 90 and 94 degrees.

Those looking to enjoy Saturday’s Masonic Celebration events in Florala might want to bring an umbrella and sunscreen. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain and a high of 94 degrees during the day and a 30 percent chance of rain for Saturday night’s firework show.