Another scorcher, the high reached 93°, but it felt like a few degrees warmer with a slight increase in humidity. Each day I expect the heat to rise and so will the humidity, so the heat index will become more significant each day. By the end of the week the heat index will be 100°-105°.
This week’s heat is not record setting, but it is hot. The record for today is 99°, the average is 89°. The hottest day ever was 109° in 2012. Looking at the record books 1952 and 1954 were both hot summers, setting records for the most 100° days.
This is a week of temperatures over 90 degrees. So far this year, we have had 24 90° degrees, not as many as last year and half as many as that hot year of 1954.
While we are on this subject of heat. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released it’s monthly global temperature analysis for June 2017 this morning. Over land and ocean surfaces combined, it was the 3rd warmest June on record. Records go back to 1880. June was 1.48° above the 20th century average of 59.9°.
Year to date the global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 1.64° above the 20th century average of 56.3°. This makes the first half of the year the 2nd highest since records began in 1880. Only 2016 was warmer.
Now back to our little corner of the world. This week the highest will go from 94° tomorrow to 96° by Friday. It will feel like 100° to 105°. It will be mostly dry with only a stray shower of two possible over the next 3 days. Isolated thunderstorms are possible Saturday.
I’ll have an update on Channel 4 News at 10pm.