DUMPSTER SWIMMING POOLS FOR RED BANK?

dumpster-poolA Macro-Sea Dumpster pool under construction in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Macro-Sea. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

sharon-leeSharon Lee wants to bring Dumpster diving to a whole new level — a cleaner, cooler level.

And she wants to bring it to Red Bank.

The third-term councilwoman, ripping a page from a two-year-old New York Times article on Dumpsters that were converted to public pools in Brooklyn, suggested to her counterparts on the dais that Red Bank, after the general pant-and-gasp brought on by last week’s heatwave, think outside the box by going inside the box.

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WHAT HEAT?

rumson-boatersIt sure didn’t feel like 97 degrees to the Cavalieri family today. The Staten Islanders, who have a vacation home in the Navesink section of Middletown, launched from Rumson and spent most of the day out on the Navesink River catching every breeze they could, along with seven dozen crabs. “It’s not bad out there,” said Anthony Cavalieri, right. “There’s a nice breeze.” (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

MERCURY RISING: DON’T BE CRABBY

crabberA crabber keeps cool on the pier at Marine Park in Red Bank Monday. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

We’ve got a series of increasingly scorching days ahead as temperatures in the Red Bank area push upward toward triple digits later this week.

The National Weather Service forecasts temps peaking at around 90 degrees Tuesday, climbing higher Wednesday, and settling in at a stifling 97 both Thursday and Friday.

And there’s no relief in sight.

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WEEKEND OUTLOOK: CHANCE OF BOOMERS

gooseThis goose statue, which has stood outside a Harding Road home in Red Bank for about a decade, is ready for excessive wetness. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

After Thursday night’s thunderstorms broke the back of a two-day heatwave that saw local temperatures pushing 100 degrees, temps are expected to settle back down into the high 80s Friday.

A chance of rain and boomers will loom throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the outlook:

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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TEMPS IN MID-90S EXPECTED TODAY

hot-topic rightA “very hot and humid air mass” is expected to drive temperatures in the greater Red Bank area to the mid-90s Wednesday, prompting government agencies to issue health advisories to sensitive populations.

A heat advisory alert from the National Weather Service warns of particularly hot and humid conditions between noon and 8 p.m.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is advising the elderly, infirm and pet owners of the need to stay indoors as ozone rises and outdoor conditions become unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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