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If you’re hot, hang in there better temps are coming

Beating the heat on the waterslide at the Ridenour Regatta in Nitro, W.Va. on Saturday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As weekend temperatures soar into the mid and upper 90’s, West Virginians are finding creative ways to stay cool.

Municipal swimming pools are packed, swimming holes at state parks and lakes are also flush with people. The South Charleston Memorial Ice Rink lowered admission to a dollar for folks wanting to spend the afternoon on a sheet of ice.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Charleston say we’ll have one more day of it before things start to radically transform.

“We have a cold front coming and it’s going to bring more widespread precipitation than just the regular pop up storms,” said Meteorologist Tom Mazza at the Charleston Weather Bureau.

The Morgantown Fire Department helped cool things off at a downtown kids event Saturday

Those storms are expected to start Sunday evening as the front pushes into West Virginia and by Monday the rainfall could be significant.

“There is the potential for at least locally excessive rainfall and we could be in for heavy rainfall and flash flooding,” he said.

But behind that rainfall will be cooler temperatures and even more welcomed low humidity.

“We’ll have highs in the lower 80’s on Monday and the upper 70’s on Tuesday. The difference is on Monday

The public swimming pool in Ripley was a draw like most across West Virginia this weekend in the near 100 degree temperatures

our dew points are still going to be in the lower 70’s and on Tuesday they’ll be down in the lower 60’s and that’s going to make it feel a lot nicer,” he said.

As heat indexes near 110 for much of western West Virginia this weekend, Mazza offered this gem of hope.

“Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, we’ll start out in the upper 50’s. That’s a cool night for the middle of summer.”


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