Today was our hottest day for the week, hitting 95 degrees this afternoon. Not only was it hot but it was humid with the “feels like” temperatures rising to over 100 degrees. That’s leading us into a warm and muggy night. The sky is staying clear enough now for a glimpse at the moon again tonight and also Mars. Now that the sun has set look for a waxing gibbous moon near a reddish “star.” That star like object is Mars. This duo will be out through the wee hours of the morning, but the later you wait the more clouds will move in. It will also be visible tomorrow night, but viewing may be better tonight with fewer clouds.
Those clouds are with the next system that promises to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms tomorrow and Friday. For many the rain is welcomed. Over the weekend you can expect more showers and thunderstorms. But I think they will be few and far between. So I would go ahead with outdoor plans this weekend and just have a place to duck for shelter if a passing storm moves in.
Now back to the heat. The chance of rain will slightly lower the temperatures for a few days, but the mid 90s will return later in the 7 day period. It is July afterall and we do expect it to be hot. If it seems to be hotter than it used to be, you perceive correctly. Since 1970 in Nashville, we have had 8 more days of 95 degrees or above.
The projection is for there to be more dangerously hot days in the future with the heat index above 105 degrees…jumping from 13 days in the year 2000 to 44 days in the year 2030. That will not only have an impact on health but the economy too. These projections are from Climate Central’s analysis of the CMIP5 multi model ensemble.
Definitely something to think about as we look for ways to address the changing climate.
Join me tonight on Channel 4 News at 10, I’ll have a update on the weather for the rest of the week into the weekend.