Temperatures for the rest of April and May are supposed to be below normal, but after June, things may really heat up in the Treasure Valley.  

The City of Boise just announced last week that after closing last summer because of COVID, four pools will be open this summer.  Yay, yay, yay.  We may need them.

The predictions are that temperatures in the southern half of Idaho will be warmer than usual this summer, and it may change the way a girl takes a dip in a chilly pool.  There will be no getting in gradually, first a big toe, then five minutes of ankle wading, then venturing in up to the knees, then up to the hips for five minutes, the rib cage for two to three minutes, and finally, the shoulders get wet. Hop in Mama!   Kids always jump right in and deal with the pain later, and this summer it may be best to join them.

People Magazine pointed out that summer temperatures have generally gone up two degrees over the past forty years or so, and this summer is expected to be warmer than that, on average.  La Niña will be part of what creates higher temperatures. That cools the water in part of the Pacific Ocean and peaks in the fall, then weakens in the spring.  Now is about the time the lid starts to come off of the La Niña sauna jar.  Climate change and yearly weather patterns contribute too.

The Farmer's Almanac predicts cooler temperatures for the northern half of Idaho, but warmer weather in the southern half.  The hottest weather will come from late June to mid-August, with a hot streak in mid-July.  No huge surprise there, but how hot it gets could be the eye-opener.

These are the Boise pools that will be open if you want to cool off:

Borah Pool (801 S. Aurora Dr.)
Fairmont Pool (7929 W. Northview St.)
Ivywild Pool (2250 S. Leadville Ave.)
The Natatorium and Hydrotube (1725 E. Warm Springs Ave.)

At least we won't be cooped up in the house!  It will feel like a real summer for sure.

Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park