While we experience one of the hottest summers by far, some people say their JEA bills are dropping
With summer temperatures in the upper 90s and feels-like temperatures in the triple digits, this summer has been one of the hottest on record. It would make sense for electric bills to rise along with the temperatures, but some consumers News4JAX spoke with say their bills have actually gone down.
TELL US: During this summer’s heat wave, is your JEA utility bill a concern for you and your budget?
Since the end of June, temperatures have been in the upper 90s, with heat index in the 100s. People are staying cool by staying inside. And that may mean you have to drop the temp on your AC, but that will affect your JEA bill.
Florida Freedom Summer: Here’s what you can buy without paying sales tax
During the 2023 Florida Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday, you can purchase admissions to music events, sporting events, cultural events, state park annual passes, and fitness facilities, as well as certain boating and water activity supplies, camping supplies, and fishing supplies, exempt from sales tax.
River City Beats | Don Ugly - Artist on the Rise
On today’s segment of River City Beats we were joined by local Singer & Songwriter, Kash Erickson, known by the artist’s moniker, Don Ugly. He played for us not just one, but TWO groovy tunes of his. He started the show with his song, “Bad Games” and wrapped things up with “Her Majesty’s Mambo”. Don Ugly is from Jacksonville, FL and created the moniker while attending college in 2017. It wasn’t until Summer of 2022 where he made the decision to quit his stable career in the construction industry to follow his lifelong dream of being a songwriter. Ever since, Erickson has been traveling all over the state and country building a fan base one show at a time. To catch a local performance, you can check his music and tour schedule at his official website, www.donugly.com or follow him on any social media and music streaming platform.
Summer showers and sizzling summer heat
Most of the rain is over for Jacksonville this evening. However, we are watching two bands that will continue in parts of the southern counties from Putnam to St. Johns late this afternoon and rain should last later into the evening across Georgia. The storms in Georgia could become briefly strong with gusty winds and heavy rain through 7 pm. The rain will move east out into the Atlantic while missing most of Duval tonight.
5 things that happened this summer that you probably already forgot about
Somehow, summer 2021 has come to a close (hello, sad girl fall!), so we’re going to take a look back at all the major things that happened this summer that you probably already forgot about, because this summer went by way too fast.
From heat to snow: Rocky Mountains see 60-degree plunge
Heat and strong winds also hit California and parts of the Pacific Northwest over the holiday weekend, triggering destructive wildfires. Snow fell in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, where portions of Interstate 80 closed and forecasters predicted up to a foot (30 centimeters) in the mountains and temperatures in the teens (-7 Celsius) overnight. Several northern Utah school districts canceled classes, and officials warned people to stay inside if possible to avoid flying debris, downed power lines and other dangers. Several semitrailer trucks blew over on northern Utah highways. Freeze and frost warnings also were posted for parts of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota and Minnesota.
Health experts recommend planning ahead for summer heat
If youre spending a lot of time outdoors on a hot day, its important to plan ahead. Soaring temperatures and high humidity increase risk for heat illness. When outside in high heat, youll want to take frequent breaks. So, if youre out running or exercising in the heat shorten the duration and intensity of your workout. Frequent breaks both from the mask and from the heat are a good thing to do, said Dr.
This virtual camp includes 1,200 videos and experiences -- and they’re all free
Summer camp might not be an option this year, but YouTube has created a free #CampYouTube, so as to re-create common camp experiences through YouTube videos. These include arts and crafts, sports, writing workshops, photography tutorials, mental health exercises, exploring the outdoors and SO much more — seriously, there are about 1,200 videos in total. Any interest in learning how to make a ping pong ball float? Plus, YouTube uses resources for its videos from partners like the BBC, Imagination Library, Code.org, Breakthrough Junior Challenge, Google Arts and Culture, National Geographic Society, Sesame Street and others. “These resources are not meant to replace homework assigned by teachers, but meant to complement that work,” YouTube states on its camp website.
USDA: All kids across America can get free meals this summer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. All children regardless of where they live will be able to get free meals for the rest of the summer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Wednesday. The waiver allows local partners to continue serving free meals. Typically, USDA funded summer meals sites are limited to low income areas. As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food," Secretary Perdue said. This nationwide flexibility ensures Americas kids will continue to be fed this summer.Click here to find a location near you.
Jacksonville opens registration for citys summer camps
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Mayor Lenny Curry announced last week that Jacksonville will be opening up city-run summer camps, beginning June 15 and that online registration would open at noon June 5. Curry said the city usually charges $225 for a six-week full-day summer camp program but those will be offered free of charge this summer. The city will also have half-day, drop-in programs and full-day, drop-in programs available. In response to COVID-19 and adherence to state guidelines, all Jacksonville city summer camp sites will practice the following safety strategies:Camp sizes will be limited to 30 participants, with a waitlist. Full-day Summer CampsThe free full-day enrichment camps will provide opportunities for youth to participate in group activities including crafts, games, educational sessions and recreational sports.
Mayor of Jacksonville to make an announcement on city pools, summer camps
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. After being closed several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the official start to summer upon us, Floridians are ready to hit the pool. On Twitter, he wrote, Ive tasked my team with getting city pools ready..."Last week, I tasked my team with getting city pools ready and reviewing summer camp protocols. Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) May 27, 2020The mayor said summer protocols are also on the agenda during an announcement planned for today. Even with these guidelines, more or less measures could be in place according to what state and local governments decide. News4Jax will provide an update when the mayor releases the time of his announcement today.
Rainy/Stormy night in Georgia translates into a toasty Memorial Day weekend
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The heat fueled some significant rains/storms around Waycross, Georgia Friday night. Watch for rip currents and keep safe during this Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day will be breezier and not as hot, hitting the upper 80s during the afternoon. We have a 30% chance for an afternoon showers and a few more clouds in the sky. Tuesday through Friday will be not AS hot, topping out in the mid 80s with breezy conditions expected.
Protect against summer stings and bites
But for those of us who are trying to avoid those dreaded summer mosquito bites, experts say it’s best to be mindful of when we’re spending our time outdoors. Vyas said another effective way to prevent bug bites is by wearing insect repellent with ‘DEET’ or long sleeves and pants during times when mosquitos are active. People who have a known allergy to insect stings should always carry an epinephrine pen with them at all times. When it comes to mosquito bites and bee stings, Vyas said it’s best to resist the urge to scratch them, as scratching can increase the risk of infection. “For some people, there is something called anaphylaxis, which can happen after you’ve been stung by an insect,” Vyas said.