Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

Temperatures are supposed to cool off a bit by the middle of the week — which is not to be confused with cool.

National Weather Service Meteorologist John Gagen said Monday the area will see temperatures in the low- to mid-90s by mid-week and possibly into the upper 80s by the end of the week with a few chances for rain.

It will only be a brief break.

“From the weekend on we’ll be in the upper 90s,” Gagen said.

He also said the heat is here early this year.

“We usually don’t begin to see upper 90s until late July or early August,” he said.

Despite the dry weather the last couple of months Gagen said the area is not currently in a drought, technically speaking.

According to Gagen the area is only down about two-tenths of an inch for the year, due to heavy rains in April.

However, Gagen said, that doesn’t tell the whole story.

“Looks are decieving,” he said. “If you only look at the yearly numbers we’re ok.

“We’ve been dry the last 30 to 60 days so we’re down a good four or five inches (over the last two months.)”

Gagen says it is looking like a brutal summer.

“So far it looks that way, unless the pattern breaks,” he said.