Hot weather impacts local activities this week | WETM
SOUTHERN TIER, NY (WETM) – This holiday season, those who have wished for weather like fall will likely see their wish come true.
High temperatures in the 60s are likely to hit the Twin Tiers on Thursday, December 16. It is over 20 degrees above average temperature that day.
“There is a really anonymous low pressure system forming in the central plains,” said meteorologist Adam Gill. “So that’s going to help drive a warm front in the northeast that’s actually going well into Canada. So that will help bring temperatures closer to record temperatures this week. “
This is good news for those who love the fall climate, but not so good news for businesses that organize outdoor activities during the winter season. This includes outdoor ice rinks as well as outdoor winter sporting events.
Clute Park in Watkins Glen, for example, will likely have to close its newly opened ice rink.
“The way we’ve worked is if we can maintain 45 degrees or less that’s the best condition for the ice,” said Craig Bond, manager of Watkins Glen Parks and the event center. “What we’ve done is just make sure that for everyone’s safety the ice is well maintained with the Zamboni that we have and people can then go. So I imagine that this weekend, rather Saturday and Sunday will be better than maybe Thursday and Friday.
Clute Park members hope to extend the park’s ice skating hours for children later this season when the school is closed and if the weather returns to its seasonal conditions for the remainder of the month.
From now on, residents can hopefully enjoy one last day this year of wearing shorts and a t-shirt.