After the recent hot spell, some local residents have been wondering whether the high temperatures will continue through the sunny months.
According to the National Weather Service, the area could well be in for a sweaty summer.
The NWS Climate Prediction Center offers a three-month outlook, which says there is a 40 percent chance that temperatures in the local region this summer will be higher than normal.
"We're thinking there are slightly higher chances that it could be hotter than normal," said NWS meteorologist Dave Marsalek.
"We're not expecting anything overwhelming as far as temperatures go, however."
The Climate Prediction Center's Drought Outlook through Aug. 31 shows no expected drought problems for West Virginia, indicating that the hot weather this summer will be broken up by some rain showers.
Summer safety tips to follow
The following summer safety tips were provided by the Centers for Disease Control:
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic) and avoid large amounts of sugar.
Stay indoors in extreme heat.
Wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothing.
Do not leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Limit outdoor activity to mornings and evenings.
Cut down on outdoor exercise.
Rest in shady areas if outside.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Wear sunglasses and sunscreen.
Although the summer may be a hot one, local residents have experienced cooler temperatures going into this weekend, along with rain and high winds.
A tornado watch was in effect for Randolph County from Friday afternoon until 9 p.m.
Marsalek said Randolph County was on the fringe of the storm system passing through the area, which also included Tucker and Preston counties.
Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour were possible with the storm, according to the NWS.
"It resembles a cooler-season storm system, and will bring us temperatures on the cooler side through the weekend," Marsalek said.
The NWS is predicting a high of 63 in Elkins today, with the temperatures dipping into the 40s at night.
Marsalek said the cloud cover will continue into tonight, with rainfall possible into Sunday.
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