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article imageNova Scotians Flock to Beaches as Humidity Soars Special

By Kevin Jess     Aug 22, 2009 in Environment
Environment Canada issued a humidex warning for Saturday making the actual temperature of 32 degrees Celsius feel like 40 degrees. The people of Novia Scotia did everything in their power to stay cool.
A quick trip to Houston's Beach in Blomidon, Nova Scotia today showed me how many people were trying to escape the humidity and hot temperatures for a little relief from our local shore just across the street from this writer's home.
Upon arriving to what was normally a sandy beach one quickly realized that things were not normal. The tide was unusually high. On a normal day you can spread a blanket and soak up the sun but today the beach itself was gone, literally.
One visitor, from New Minas,NS who came to cool off said, I've never seen the water so high, it must be because of the hurricane.
Fire pits that people use to roast hot dogs and marshmallows were submerged and people congregated in the parking area which the tide had met and was now heading out.
Submerged firepit on Houston s Beach  Nova Scotia
Submerged firepit on Houston's Beach, Nova Scotia
Kevin Jess
The Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin are known as having the highest tides in the world. The high tide is expected on Sunday around 3:00 PM, when Hurricane Bill is expected. This isn't good news for our beaches or for people who have waterfront property.
Houston s Beach At Low Tide
The view from my home of Houston's Beach at low tide. Yes, there is no water.
Kevin Jess
The temperature is expected to be about 24 degrees Celcius on Sunday according to weather reports.
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