By JOHN T. WARD
The sun has set on the possibility that downtown Red Bank will host one or maybe even two food festivals this autumn.
Instead, business promotion agency RiverCenter has put six outdoor concerts on the district’s dance card – but you’ll have to pay to attend.
The good news weatherwise on the Greater Red Bank Green is that a cold front is expected to arrive Wednesday and put an end to the recent heat wave. The bad news is that we still have to get through Tuesday, when heat values are expected to again reach the “excessive” range, according to the National Weather Service. There’s also a 40-percent chance of severe severe rain with strong winds in the afternoon, the agency forecasts, (Click to enlarge.)
The National Weather Service forecasts the Red Bank-area temperature will peak at about 94 degrees Thursday afternoon.
Wunderground, our new favorite weather service, forecasts a high of 97 degrees around 3 p.m.
The Weather Channel says 98 by 4 p.m.
Does it matter if we break three digits? Will it put an end to the oppressive question, “Hot enough for you?”
Red Bank Antiques Center owner Guy Johnson waters plants outside his West Front Street store Wednesday as a heat wave continued its siege. Temperatures are expected to peak Thursday at close to 100 degrees before easing slightly over the course of the weekend, according to Wunderground. (Click to enlarge)
A sprinkler system outside a River Road home in Fair Haven. New Jersey American Water has asked residents to consider voluntary water restrictions in anticipation of a hot, dry summer. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Following the brief blast of heat and dry weather in the area nearly two weeks ago, and in preparation for more of it this summer, New Jersey American Water sent a letter to local mayors suggesting residents consider voluntary water restrictions at home.
On its face, it’s a move by the water company to help prevent what happened last year, and all of a sudden: a mandatory restriction that confounded locals at the height of a holiday weekend.
But at least one Fair Haven official is calling the water company out, and questions whether it has made the necessary improvements to its treatment and distribution system to handle growing demand in Monmouth County.
“We’re starting pretty early in the year to be asking to (reduce) our consumption,” Council President Jon Peters said. “We were told last year this was anomalous. We’re going to be watching very closely.”
New Jersey American Water has lifted its request that customers in Monmouth and Ocean counties restrict their H2O usage.
Citing compliance with the “mandatory” restriction imposed without warning on Monmouth customers July 3 in anticipation of heavy holiday demand and last week’s heat wave, the company says the limit has been ended.