FORTY FORT — Temperatures have crept toward record highs this week and people around the area are starting to shake off the cabin fever with some summertime traditions.
At the Forty Fort Pool, lifeguards said their pool-watching duties on Thursday were much more enjoyable than last week when temperatures hung around 70 degrees, at best.
“We were open last weekend, and it was freezing. We were wearing sweatpants. This is a lot better, though. We can actually get a tan,” Katie Lord, the pool’s head lifeguard, said.
Below the lifeguard’s perch, Lola Wood, 5, and Emma Suppon, 8, splashed in the pool, undoubtedly finding relief from from humidity that peaked at 93 percent saturation Thursday, making the temperatures feel hotter.
“We can go swimming now,” Wood exclaimed. “When it was cold, we just stayed inside.”
Mary Bednarak, of Kingston, went to the Forty Fort Pool as a child. Now as a senior, it takes her back. She said the water might be cold, but that isn’t stopping her.
“I think everybody is ready for the warm weather and I am happy to get in the water. It’s freezing, but it feels good,” Bednarak said of the water.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures this week haven’t yet broken any records.
Temperatures for May 31 hit their highest in 1939 and 2011 at 91 degrees, said meteorologist David Morford at the weather service’s Binghamton, N.Y., bureau.
Today’s forecast predicts a high of 92 degrees, which would break a 74-year record.
Morford said the seemingly drastic weather swing from dreary rain and evening temperatures stooping near 40 degrees two weeks ago does not surprise him.
“That’s kind of typical for this part of the country,” Morford said. “It kind of marks our spring.”
A cold front is moving in later in the weekend, and Morford said to expect temperatures to drop considerably from the scorchers we had this week. But, he said confidently that it should be nothing like the 40-degree weather two weeks ago.
Just down the road from Forty Fort Pool’s West Side oasis, ice cream lovers hit a favorite Kingston summertime spot.
Hailey Fogarty, 9, of Kingston, enjoyed her Oreo Blizzard waffle cone and soaked up the sun. She likes the warm weather because it means she can be outdoors.
“I don’t like cold weather because you can’t really do much,” Fogarty said. “I like to do things outside with my dog.”
Times Leader intern Tess Kornfeld contributed to this report.