Hot, Wet August…Hot, Dry September

September is off to a hot start with mostly above average temperatures.  Today reached 94 degrees and the hot pattern will remain for the rest of the week with afternoon highs in the low 90s. The average high for this time of year is 86.

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A ridge of high pressure aloft will keep the chances of rain slim to none through Friday.

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By Saturday a front approaches and that will bring our best chance of rain for the week.  Rain and thunderstorms are expected to be scattered across the area.  Temperatures will be closer to average Sunday into the beginning of next week.

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Unlike August, September is starting with a dry streak, it’s been 10 days since there was measurable rainfall in Nashville. August was actually wetter than normal with 6.44″ of rain which is 3.27″ above average. That makes August 2016 the 16th wettest on record.  The wettest was 1923 with 9.60″ or rain. This did help play catch up with the yearly total. Now Nashville is just over an inch below average.

16 is the number for  August of 2016 because it is also the 16th hottest August on record.  The temperature averaged 2.9 degrees above normal. The average high was 90.9 and the average low was 72.3 degrees.August is the 7th consecutive month with above average temperatures.

There was an unusual record set… 49 consecutive daily low temperatures of 70 degrees and above that started on July 3rd and ended on August 20th. The old record was 41 days set in 1955.

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I’ll have the latest on the cool down for next week on Channel 4 News at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer

posted 9:15 PM

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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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