|Downpours Will Continue to Sprinkle Berkshires Over Next Week|
|By Matt McGrory, Special to iBerkshires|
10:14PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
|The North Adams skyline is reflected in a giant puddle on Main Street in North Adams.|
Blue skies peek out from between dark clouds Wednesday afternoon.
Do you need an umbrella, or do you need sunglasses? Lately it seems in Berkshire County, you need both every time you leave the house.
As anyone who has grown up in the Berkshires is aware, the county’s climate is prone to violently fluctuate from one extreme to another over the course of the seasons - and even over the course of the day.
This recent weather pattern has shown that to be true.
Every day this week, sunshine has peeked in and out around heavy downpours, while temperatures have been high and humidity has been oppressive. Will that pattern continue?
According to weather.com, over the next two weeks, the average high temperature will be 81 degrees, and the average dew point will be 71.7 percent. Thunderstorms will also be seen in at least one area of the county nearly every day.
While the weekend is looking fairly pleasant, there's a 50 percent chance of rain every other day for the next week or so.
The good news is that for the foreseeable future, no extremely dangerous weather is set to occur, though the National Weather Service in Albany has expanded the flash flood warning to include the Berkshires through 4 a.m. Thursday, July 26, as a result of heavy rain overnight.
And the usual common sense warnings still apply. When experiencing a thunderstorm, stay indoors and avoid using electronic appliances or using a shower. If you can’t find shelter indoors, find an area away from trees and telephone lines.
Heat stroke is also something to be aware of. To stay safe, drink plenty of water and find a cooler area immediately if you start to feel faint or dizzy. Make sure to not leave children or pets alone in vehicles on hot days, as they are at a higher risk for fatal heat strokes.