Last gasps of hot air draw a crowd
Sunbathers enjoyed a summer-like day at Hampton Beach Wednesday, but there were also signs of remembrance as the nation marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
“I didn’t expect this,” the 50-year-old Gilmanton woman said.
With the temperature tying a record of 95 in Concord and a blast of muggy air making it feel even hotter, thousands flocked to New Hampshire beaches to enjoy what many beach lovers fear will be the last summer-like day before the leaves turn and fall arrives.
The real summer beach season usually ends with the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, which was held last weekend. Still, many restaurants and shops along Ocean Boulevard were open for business.
“They know I’m here,” accountant Carol Stuart said with a laugh.
It’s a slow time of year for accountants so Stuart was able to hit the beach and grab lunch with a friend.
“There wasn’t a parking spot to be had,” the Chelmsford, Mass., woman said.
“We’re enjoying the last days of summer,” said Amy Desantis of Methuen, Mass., a mother of four who came to the beach with her husband, John, a Lawrence, Mass., police officer who works the midnight shift.
“We knew it was going to be one hell of a hot day,” Carey said.
The heat prompted Raymond High School to postpone all outdoor sports activities.
“We’ll get above normal next week, but I don’t think we’re going to see it quite this warm and humid,” he said.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, produced by Dublin-based Yankee Publishing Inc., predicts below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall across much of the country this winter resulting from a decline in solar activity combined with ocean-atmosphere patterns in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
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