If Hotlanta’s searing temperatures and oppressive humidity aren’t enough of a hint, new projections show that athletes and spectators should expect to swelter during the Olympics a year from now.
Next summer could be even hotter than this one, said research meteorologist Bob Livezey of the National Weather Service, pointing to the current trend toward ever-warmer weather.
Visitors in ‘96 should plan for a rerun of July 1995’s weather, he said. For those who missed it, Atlanta’s temperature soared as high as 102, and high humidity made it feel even worse.
If the check you sent with your ticket order form bounced, you may still wind up in the ticket lottery for Olympic events.
The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games is trying to validate some orders that were filled out correctly and arrived by the June 30 deadline but can’t be processed, spokeswoman Laurie Olsen said.
“Some orders are questionable but fixable,” she said. For example, in some cases banks did not authorize payment. In others, a credit card was valid but the transaction failed.
Have a drink on the house
ACOG, with a little encouragement from the state, is figuring out how to make sure visitors to the Games have free water, even outside Olympic venues.
A rule just approved by a state agency requires anyone hosting a special event in Georgia next year to provide free drinking water to spectators.
“This was passed specifically for the Olympics,” said Dr. Patrick Meehan, the state health director.
ACOG has formed a heat-stress task force to find ways to distribute water, spokeswoman Lyn May said. “Nobody who needs water will go without it,” she said.
The city of Atlanta plans to help by setting up watering stands around downtown.