PARKERSBURG — Daily temperature records in Parkersburg were broken the first days of October while the governor Thursday announced a statewide emergency because of moderate drought conditions.
On Tuesday, the first day of the month, the high was 94, breaking a record set in 1927 of 91, Nick Webb, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston, said. A record for the daily high temperature also was set on Wednesday, when the high reached 94, breaking the record set in 1927 when the high was 88, he said.
Thursday’s record high was 89 set in 1951, he said. The temperature was in the mid 90s on some thermometers around town.
“That will likely fall as well,” Webb said.
Records also were broken in other cities in West Virginia these past few days, including Beckley, Elkins and Huntington, Webb said.
Morgantown had a high of 91 on Wednesday. The record was 92 in 1927, according to the weather service.
Wheeling tied a 1927 record high of 88 with 88 on Wednesday.
Cooler temperatures are on their way, probably starting today and going into the weekend, he said. It may also rain, Webb said.
The forecast from the weather service predicts a high around 71 today. Showers are likely after 4 p.m. Sunday.
In the meantime on Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for all 55 counties in West Virginia. The prolonged shortage of rainfall has caused moderate drought conditions across the state, but severe drought conditions in southern West Virginia, a release from the governor’s office said.
The state of emergency will remain in effect until rescinded and a burning ban ordered in September will remain in effect, the release said.
West Virginia in the last 90 days received 2-5 inches less rainfall than normal, some places 5-7-inches less than normal, the release said.
Justice has directed state officials to:
* Implement the state Emergency Operations Plan for drought response and put the Emergency Operations Center in stand-by status.
* Restrict using water for dust control, except as required under terms of permits.
* Monitor existing water sources for contaminants that more readily propagate in warmer and shallower waters.
Voluntary guidelines also were issued for residents:
* Cease non-agricultural irrigation.
* Limit washing or cleaning cars or buildings and limit the use of public drinking water systems to minimal standards for good personal hygiene, food preparation, laundry, livestock, and pets and other reasonable purposes.
* Stop filling private swimming pools.
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