Record Heat…Some Relief

I am feeling like broken record with this weather…this unsettled pattern keeps a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through the weekend. Most of the rain again today was in the northwest corner of Middle Tennessee.  A stalled front has started to drift east and the very strong area of high pressure is also moving.  This will allow more rain to develop east of I-65 over the next couple of days. Paul Heggen had a great explanation of the forecast in his blog earlier today,  click here.  This pattern has been frustrating because it’s hard to plan for outdoor activities with the scattered nature of the rain and thunderstorms. With the increase in cloud cover and rain temperatures will be closer to seasonable or just below for the rest of the week.


By the beginning of next week, the humidity and the temperatures will be lower.  A front should move in late Monday drying things out and bringing a couple of rain free days…good news particularly to folks in the northwest mid state and parts of Kentucky.

I mentioned I’m feeling like a broken record, well, we have actually seen some records broken this summer, locally and globally.

Today makes the 46th straight day of temperatures above 70 degrees, that is a new record. The previous longest stretch of consecutive days was 41 days set  back in 1955.  Overall it has been a rather hot summer featuring 62 days with highs of 90 or higher.  That’s not a record, but it’s hot.


Speaking of hot, NOAA released its monthly global temperature analysis for July 2016 this morning. In addition to being the hottest July on record, it was the hottest of any month since record keeping began in 1880.  This is the 15th consecutive month that record warmth was recorded globally, which is the longest streak since NOAA record keeping began.

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Here are some other heat statistics shared by Climate Central:

  • July 2016 is the 40th consecutive July with combined land and ocean temperatures above the 20th century average.
  • July 2016 is also the 379th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average.

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Here’s an interesting side note, the highest temperature recorded during July 2016 was in Mitribah, Kuwait, where the temperatures sizzled to 126.5 degrees on July 22.  If that temperature is verified by the World Meteorological Organization, it will be the highest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere.

I can’t image.  It does put things in perspective. Yikes!

I’ll have an update on our weather on Channel 4 News at 10 pm after the Olympics.

Lisa Spencer

posted 9:15 PM


About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.
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