It’s been a cool, wet Pennsylvania summer, and it’s not letting up yet.
An unusually cool air mass is settling across the area from southern Canada, according to National Weather Service climatologist John LaCorte.
“It’s the type of pattern we usually see in midwinter that brings in snow flurries,” he said. “Except during the summer, it brings some light rain.”
Scattered rain and thunderstorms are predicted for the remainder of the week into the weekend, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. Temperatures will remain down, especially in the evening, but may start to feel more like summer by the week’s end.
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“By the end of the week and the weekend, it might be more muggy,” LaCorte said, “more like July and August.”
Total precipitation for the month has been measured at 5.8 inches, according to NOAA, compared with the normal amount of 3.28 inches.
The weather is also putting a damper on community swimming pools that aren’t attracting the usual summer crowds.
Millheim Pool manager Jane Markle said the pool has been quiet since it opened Memorial Day weekend.
“It’s been slower this year because of the rain and cool weather,” she said. “Some days are just dead.”
LaCorte suggested appreciating the cool weather while it lasts.
“Enjoy it now,” he said, “because eventually the muggy is coming back.”