Children play in the spray area at Renziehausen Park in McKeesport on Saturday. After several days of temperatures near or above 90 in the Mon-Yough area, the weather is expected to return to more seasonal conditions. (All photos: Vickie Babyak/Special to Tube City Almanac)
Mon-Yough area residents found ways to beat the heat last week as temperatures crept into the 90s, with humidity that made it feel closer to 100 degrees.
Below: At Heritage Hills Pool in White Oak, Tina and Bob Baker from North Versailles Twp. are regulars. Tina Baker says her dolphin-decorated floating device also has been making the trip every day.
Above: Bobby Petrosky of McKeesport is a lifeguard at Heritage Hills and was getting ready to take a dive on Saturday morning.
Below from left, Shelby Yusko from North Huntingdon Twp., Lexi Meder from Lincoln Place, and Lizzie Smeltzer from North Huntingdon Twp. are lifeguards at Heritage Hills.
Above: Leilani Kunf from White Oak is also a lifeguard, but was doubling as a front-desk person on Saturday.
Above: At Renziehausen Park in McKeesport, new resident Shawndawa Mickens was enjoying a day in the spray park with her sons Pierre, 1, and Parris, 4.
Below: Qualenna, 4, is the daughter of Quionna Rhodes, visiting from Greensburg. Trinity, 7, is the daughter of Terrance Nicholes from McKeesport, and the two friends decided to beat the heat in the park.
According to the National Weather Service in Moon Twp., the Pittsburgh area has had 14 days so far in July when temperatures were above normals.
Yesterday's high of 91 degrees, measured at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, was nowhere near the record temperature of 100 degrees measured in Pittsburgh on July 20, 1878.
The highest temperature ever recorded jn Pittsburgh was 103 degrees, measured on July 16, 1988, part of a 13-day-long heat wave that began July 4, 1988.
Temperatures topped out at 90 yesterday at Pittsburgh International Airport and in Latrobe, Westmoreland County.
Similar highs of 90 and 91 degrees were recorded Friday at West Mifflin and Latrobe, and lows both days dropped to only 76 degrees.
The thermometer did top 100 degrees in Philadelphia on Saturday, according to the NWS, while the cool spot in Pennsylvania was DuBois, Clearfield County, about 100 miles northeast of McKeesport, where temperatures reached 86 degrees on Friday, with a low of 67.
The warm, humid weather continued on Sunday ahead of a cold front passing through Western Pennsylvania.
Forecasters in Moon Twp. said the cold front will bring rain throughout Monday, followed by cooler, drier conditions for the rest of the week, with temperatures at or slightly below normal.
Jason Togyer is the editor and volunteer executive director of Tube City Community Media Inc. He may be reached at email@example.com. Vickie Babyak is a freelance photographer from Dravosburg. For reprints of any of her photos, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published July 21, 2019.