Temperatures Ease as Delmarvans Cope With Heat Wave

Jul 9, 2012

There’s a break in the heat wave with temperatures dropping from as high as 100 or more during the day down to the mid-80’s this week.

And there is a forecast of rain in the coming days.

That should be good news for Delmarva’s 17-hundred poultry farmers…who have been struggling to keep their birds cool during the hot spell.

Jack Lavelle in Accomac told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expects to spend more than $3-thousand this month on electricity to run his three broiler houses with a capacity of 50-thousand birds.

He said that the high temperatures are especially dangerous…with his chickens now 5 weeks old and expected to go to market at around 50 days.

Meanwhile, tourists and businesses struggled during this weekend’s hot weather in Ocean City.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Don Rush found out just how they were doing.