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County headed toward cooler temps – sort of

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By The Staff

After a few days of sizzling heat, with temperatures topping out at 100 degrees Tuesday, forecasters are predicting a cool down of sorts for the area.

According to a personal weather station in the Erwin Farm area in Lancaster County, the average temperature for the last three days was 99 degrees.

High temperatures for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were 97, 99 and 100 degrees.

With the combination of high heat and relative humidity, heat index values, or how the temperature feels to your skin, exceeded the 105 degree mark.

Because of the excessive heat index, a heat advisory was issued for the county for both Monday and Tuesday by the National Weather Service.

Tony Petrolito, meterologist for the National Weather Service, wouldn't go so far as to say that the county is in a heat wave at the moment.

"This is just typical July weather – when you're in a heat wave, you have temperatures above normal for more than just three days," Petrolito said.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain today and slight chances each day through Friday, with temperatures expected to be in the low 90s.