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The Father's Day Forecast? Hot, hot, hot!

Perhaps the nicest thing progeny could do for their fathers today is let them stay indoors. It's going to be just as hot as it was Saturday, and the National Weather Service has put out another heat advisory for noon to 7 p.m. today.

Even though Floridians are used to the heat, this is not typical summertime weather, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sharp.

"It gets this hot once a year," Sharp said. "But usually the humidity is lower."

Temperatures in the high 90s coupled with high humidity can make it feel like it's 110 degrees, he said. He advised that people celebrating Father's Day with outdoor activities be extra careful.

On Saturday, temperatures reached 95 and felt like 110.

Today's temperature is again expected to hit 95 with high humidity and little chance of rain, according to Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker. The area is again under a heat advisory with heat index values expected to reach near 110 degrees. The forecast calls for more of the same on Monday before the area sees some relief.

"After today, just one more hot day, then we can expect a pattern change finally cooling us a bit by Tuesday," Linker said. "The pattern change will also bring us higher rain chances."

The high temperatures surprised St. Petersburg resident Alvin Shirley, who learned about them when he turned on his television early Saturday. "I looked at the weather at 10 this morning, and they said it feels like 101 degrees," said Shirley, 39. "I said, 'Already?' "

He went to St. Petersburg's Juneteenth Family Festival, but left before noon, partly because of the heat.

Reanna Oliver, 17, agreed that it was hotter than usual. I've been to the last four Juneteenth festivals, and it's hot every year," she said. "But this year, it's scorching."

At the McDonald's at 1020 34th Street N in St. Petersburg, employees worked without an air conditioner. It's been out for a while. According to signs on all the doors, a new unit has been ordered.

Regular customer Rebecca Godfrey, 57, said Saturday, she didn't mind much. Most customers just took orders to go.

And though it was hot, people still flocked to the beach and local rivers.

Stephanie McSpadden, 36, took her family to the Little Manatee River for a day of canoeing. They're visiting from Kentucky and aren't used to these temperatures, she said. "The sun was hot, but there was plenty of shade," she said.

At Pass-a-Grille Beach, hundreds of people braved the heat to enjoy the waves. Nikki Heilmann, 30, heard about the sweltering forecast on the radio this morning, but she decided that wasn't going to stop her from visiting her favorite beach.

"I haven't been here in, like, three weeks, and I love it," said Heilmann of Lutz. "I brought extra water, sunblock and an umbrella to keep cool."

Staff writers Andrew Meacham, Kameel Stanley and Kevin Smetana contributed to this report.

The Father's Day Forecast? Hot, hot, hot! 06/20/09 [Last modified: Sunday, June 21, 2009 1:06pm]

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