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It's Hot! Another Weekend Heat Wave Ahead For New Hampshire

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Jane Vaughan / NHPR
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Heat is in the forecast across New Hampshire this weekend and into early next week. Temperatures are expected to hit the high 90s in some areas. 

But some Granite Staters are looking forward to the heat. 

Erica Abu-Baker is celebrating her graduation this weekend. Her three kids are looking forward to their favorite summer activities, including playing outside and swimming at the pool, and their favorite ice cream spot: Frekey's Dairy Freeze in Concord. 

Others, however, are less excited about the humidity. Jackson Weber is a lifeguard at Rollins Pool in Concord. Working five days a week in the hot sun can get tiring. "I'm not looking forward to it, but I think if I just stay close to the water and enjoy that while I can," he said.

He prefers cooler days so that he can skateboard: "One of my big problems with it being really hot this summer is that I like skateboarding when it's in the 70s and it's cool. But if it's really hot I don't really like leaving my house." 

Meanwhile, Jessica Douillette of Massachusetts has a plan to stay cool while visiting family in New Hampshire this weekend. 

"We're going to go kayaking and spend some time on the water," she said. "We also have a lot of water toys for the kids at my parents' house, so they're going to spend a lot of time with the squirt guns and the slip 'n' slide." 

She said that her son, age 6, and nephew, age 9, are very active, despite the heat. 

"It doesn't matter if it's 100 degrees or 20 degrees, they're still running around playing soccer or doing anything. They definitely enjoy the water toys and all the popsicles that they get when it's warmer," she said.

This heat wave is the second one in 2021 to hit the Northeast. The first broke daily temperature records across New England. Northern New Hampshire is also experiencing a drought while most of the rest of the state remains unusually dry. These dry conditions have now lasted more than a year, marking New Hampshire's third prolonged drought in about 20 years. 

Jane is a reporter and previously worked as a producer on NHPR’s The Exchange. Beforehand, she worked as a newspaper reporter based in Portland, Maine, where she covered a variety of topics, including local politics and education.

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