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It's officially summertime
Thunderstorms, slight cooling expected
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The Sea Island Bank time/temperature sign on East Main Street offers proof of the high temps on the official first day of summer Tuesday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

 Tuesday was officially the first day of summer, but around the southeast, summer weather has been around for a while.
    A slight cooling trend — from triple digits to the low 90s — is in store for the Bulloch County area for the next few days as possible thunderstorms could bring life-giving rain to the parched earth, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.
    “(Tuesday was) the first day of summer,” he said. “Temperature wise, summer has been here for a month”
    While Tuesday’s high was around 100 degrees — recorded as higher in some places — the temperatures are expected to stay hot, but ease up just a bit later this week, he said.
    “We can hope for some pop up thunderstorms late in the day to perhaps cool things down a bit.  It looks like late in the week is our best chance for some relief.”
    The danger in high heat indices — which have been up to over 110 degrees Fahrenheit at times lately — is overheating, heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Wynn and other public safety officials warn citizens to stay cool, drink plenty of water or sports drink type fluids (not alcohol), and limit outdoor activity.
    He and health experts also remind citizens to make sure pets have plenty of water and a cool area, and ensure older citizens are safe and cool.
    National Weather Service intern Aaron Mayhew, with the Charleston office, said there is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday night, lasting possibly into Friday, for the Statesboro-Bulloch County area. The temps should remain in the mid to low 90s through the weekend, he said.
    By Monday, the chance of rain will lessen to 30 percent, he said.
    According to the National Weather Service Internet website (www.noaa.gov), there is a chance of patchy smoke from the Okeefenokee wildfires this morning, and there is a heat advisory for today where high humidity and high temperatures could raise the heat index to between 105 and 110 degrees.
   
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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