Having endured weeks and weeks of hot, humid weather, we had planned this weekend to write a story for the Arts & Leisure section on how to beat the heat.

We thought when we planned it that there was a good chance we’d still be sweltering in the 100-degree temps that felt like 110.

But as this week approached, it became clear that the weather was taking a turn for the better. We’ve now enjoyed several days of highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s and 60s, which is a nice respite in the middle of summer. Those warm afternoons are perfect for riding a bicycle or playing tennis, and those cool nights allow us to open our windows and have restful sleep. They also tend to be easier on animals and plants.

To give you a sense of how much cooler it is than usual, the high for Tuesday was 82, while the historic average for the same date was 92. The low Tuesday at 54 was 13 degrees lower than the historic average.

We’re pretty sure that while some readers might appreciate tips on how to beat the heat, nobody needs a guide for how to enjoy near-perfect weather. So our suggestion — while it’s still this pleasant — is just to get outside and enjoy it.

Forecasts call for a high of 87 on Thursday, and it will be warmer through the weekend: low- to mid-90s through next Wednesday. Clearly, the temperature is creeping back up. So enjoy this unseasonable cool front while you can!

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