Hot June beats down on residents

Kevin Wyatt carries a jug of ice water to a table so residents and clients can cool off at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. As a cooling treat, staff brought out ice cream bars.

Kevin Wyatt carries a jug of ice water to a table so residents and clients can cool off at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. As a cooling treat, staff brought out ice cream bars. Photo by Julie Smith.

“Summertime, and the living is easy.”

For people who need refuge from the heat, the feel-good lullaby lyrics don’t ring true.

With temperatures soaring in the mid-90s, the local Salvation Army is seeing an increase in people seeking shelter from the heat. The Samaritan Center, meanwhile, just gave out 71 fans Tuesday and says there’s a need for many more.

Barely into the second week of June, temperatures are hovering in the mid-90s. But for many, the good news is that’s not necessarily foreshadowing for this summer, which starts June 21.

“The Climate Prediction Center has been saying that the outlook for June through August is ....

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