December 19, 2014

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Lorain Countians cope with hottest day of the year so far

There have been a few days with high temperatures this summer, but none have been as hot as Wednesday. With its high of 93 degrees, it received the official designation as hottest day of the summer so far.

The temperature surpassed the high of 91 degrees that had been recorded a few times earlier in the summer but didn’t manage to break the day’s record of 100 degrees, set in 1988, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

Not that 7 degrees makes that much difference. One hundred degrees vs. 93 degrees — when it is that hot, it is flat-out stifling. In fact, Stan Yourkvitch of Stan’s Roofing and Builders Inc. said this week’s weather reminds him of the summer of ’88.

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In reaction to extreme temperatures, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the area. The heat that has been hovering for several days is expected to stay until Friday evening, when a cold front — that term is technical, not literal — will drop the highs for Saturday to 85 degrees and the low to 64 degrees. Sunday has a predicted high temperature of 81 degrees.

The Ohio Department of Health advises people to check on elderly neighbors, stay indoors to avoid the heat and drink water to stay hydrated.

Area businesses that handle outdoor work are taking such advice seriously.

Tom Polen at Elyria Fence Inc., on Oberlin-Elyria Road, said he’s got a tough bunch of employees, but they are taking periodic breaks and drinking lots of water.

“It’s most important they don’t get themselves way overheated,” said Polen, who said no one has gotten sick yet. “Production slows down, and we expect that.”

Of course, the heat doesn’t slow down some businesses — it makes them busier.

“Over the past few days we’ve had over 100 people come out,” said Tyler Perkins, a lifeguard at Elyria’s North Recreation Center at 901 Duffey St. “We just got a slushie machine, which is selling well.”

John Bonko, an employee at Elyria’s other pool at East Recreation Center, 1105 Prospect St., said mostly kids are showing up and that the pool is busiest between 2 and 3 p.m.

Oberlin’s Splash Zone, 95 W. Hamilton St., also saw a surge — hosting almost double the number of average visitors that come through daily.

“We’ve had three managers here all day,” said manager Laurie Johnson, who said she has had to chemically treat the pool several times a day every day this week. “The pool is so packed.”

And, of course, sales at ice cream shops are skyrocketing, too.

Genna Muriello, an employee at Krieg’s Frozen Custard, 46045 state Route 113 in Amherst, said they have seen a lot more visitors, particularly at night.

“These past few nights have been the best of the season,” Muriello said.

Contact Elizabeth Kuhr at 329-7126 or ekuhr@chroniclet.com.

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