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Suddenly, it’s midsummer in South County

June 10, 2011

Photo By Ray Clayton

Ten-year-old Caymus Woolfson-Wright, of East Greenwich, and his aunt Cathy Wright, of Narragansett, take advantage of the cooler temps at Narragansett Town Beach on Wednesday.

NARRAGANSETT – With temperatures reaching the 90s yesterday and Wednesday, Rhode Islanders retreated to the beaches, causing Narragansett Town Beach to have one of its busiest days even before the official beach season started.

“It’s a really hot today. There’s not much of a breeze down here. It’s absolutely packed. One lot is already full,” Becky Peabody, Assistant Manager at the Narragansett Town Beach said.

Just before noontime on Wednesday, Peabody said the south lot at the beach was already full and they had already received $1,000 in parking fees.

“We have a decent amount and it’s not even noon,” Peabody said. “It’s unusual this early in the season. In July and August we expect it to be this packed.”

To prepare the unusually hot June days, Peabody said the town beach called in a couple of extra people on the staff despite it being pre-season. Peabody said lifeguards, working in the office, but not on duty were told to be aware.

“It’s good to take extra measures,” Peabody said.

As the National Weather Service predicted temperatures into the 90s both yesterday and Wednesday, Rhode Islanders filled the beaches during what many consider the first good beach day of the year.

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service in the Taunton office, who did not provide his name said an area of large high pressure over the southeastern United States caused both Wednesday and Thursday to be in the 90-degree temperatures. Wednesday hit the low 90s, while Thursday hit in the mid 90s. The meteorologist stated that it is unlikely Rhode Island will reach the record high temperatures. At 92 degrees, Wednesday did not surpass the 94 degree record set in 2008. Thursday had to meet a high 97 degrees to pass the record.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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