No need to beat the heat

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) –  We’ve been forecasting this cooler weather for more than a week now.
While of us may want summer weather to return many area businesses are welcoming the break in the heat.

For a business that thrives in the heat employees at Long Cleaners are happy today they’re not so hot under the collar.

Larry Long, Long Cleaners says, “We’re delirious that’s probably putting it mildly.”

Larry Long has been in the dry cleaning business for 50 years and cannot remember a July like this.
The dryers and irons make it a balmy 82 inside despite the fans at full blast. No matter what time of year it’s always hot but workers will take 70’s during the hottest time of the year.

“July well it goes without saying if it’s a hundred outside it’s 120 in here,” Long says.

There’s plenty of space to swim at the Sycamore Trails Aquatic center in Miamisburg.  The die hard pool fans are braving the abnormal temperatures to have some fun in the water. It’s so chilly when the sun disappears behind the clouds lifeguards are wearing jackets.

How many days this summer have you had to wear your jacket? “Not as many as you think. Actually the weather has been great,” says Cathi Spaugy Aquatic Facility Manager.

So great the pool has only been closed once this summer.

Valerie White comes here every Wednesday with her two children and the cooler temperatures didn’t bother her at all. “The weather is nice, the water is heated and the pool is empty,” White says.  “It’s nice and easy.”

Easy and a bit warmer when the sun is out. But the pool isn’t at the top of everyone’s mind today.  Which is why staff members play close attention to the forecast to make daily adjustments.

“We really do study the weather daily to see if it’s going to rain or be cooler and we’ll adjust our staff accordingly,” Spaugy says.


It is unusual to see temperatures in the lower 70’s at the hottest time of year. However it’s not completely unheard of. Back in 2004 we had a stretch of five days when temperatures were in the 60’s and 70’s. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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