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Some looking for fall weather with start of school nearing

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POSTED July 27, 2013 1:55 a.m.

It’s not that Seth Knight doesn’t like the warm weather.

He’s used to it by now. He knows that the hot days aren’t going away anytime soon.

The calendar hasn’t even hit August yet, and 100-degree days will without a doubt be part of the makeup of the coming months.

But with his kids returning to school on Aug. 8 and his favorite football team already in training camp, Knight said it seems like the time has already come for fall weather to be upon us – not the 90-plus degree days that have been hovering throughout the valley for a week.

And especially not the overcast and humid days that have been far more common this summer than in years past.

“We’ve got air conditioning at home and in the car so you’re used to dealing with it, but you also kind of expect the weather to be on the same calendar you’re on,” he said. “It’s going to be cold outside on Christmas. It’s going to be hot for Fourth of July. Even though we’re in the heart of summer, it feels like we’re moving into another time of the year.

“It sure doesn’t feel like that when you step outside.”

Just two weeks removed from a heat wave that rocked Northern California – sending daytime temperatures above 110 degrees in some areas and prompting an emergency response by some local groups – people like Knight are grateful that things weren’t as hot as they were. But a 10 degree drop off isn’t much considering, and with the Indian Summer – that extension of heat that goes beyond the first week of September once things finally do cool off – still more than a month away, the summer temperatures seem like they’re here to stay.

According to Accuweather, the mercury will dip down to 90 degrees by the middle of next week before shooting back up to 101 by the time next weekend rolls around.

The normal temperature for this time of year is somewhere in the mid 90’s.

AJ Ricardi, who is watching his summer vacation shrink by the day, says that he wouldn’t mind if the summer went on forever.

“I know I have to go back to school, but I like being able to go outside and play with my friends,” he said. “I like wearing shorts. I like it when we can be out past 8 p.m. and it’s still light outside. Those things go away when we go back to school, and that time is here now.”

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