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Pleasant Weather for Late July Through Midweek

Matt Ross @ 1:00 AM

Seasonably cool weather will be on tap for midweek with rain chances mostly slight but evident. Wednesday could make our 6th consecutive below normal day. Temperatures are currently running just slightly below normal for the month.

Today and Tonight

Forecast Confidence: HighPartly Sunny, Warm. Today will see a mix of sun and clouds with very pleasant conditions continuing. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 80s with modest humidity levels. There is a very slight chance of some late day showers (10%), more likely in western areas. Tonight will be partly cloudy and not as cool with lows in the mid to upper 60s as shower chances remain slight but possible.


Forecast Confidence: HighPartly Sunny, Somewhat Humid. Wednesday will be seasonable for late July. Another mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Increased shower chances (30% around town, 40% west) will accompany increased humidity. Refer to Jason's forecast for the rest of the week and weekend.

Images from Saturday and Monday, courtesy of photographers, Ian Livingston (top) and Kevin Ambrose (immediately above), respectively.

100 Degree Days

The chance to hit 100 degrees diminishes each day as we head through the last few days of July and into August, as our average temperature begins its descent. While not extremely unusual, 100 degree days are nevertheless quite rare. If we go back 20 years to the summer of 1987, we have experienced only 26 days of 100 degrees or higher. Interestingly, all 26 of those days occurred in just 8 summers, indicative of heat waves with at least several 100+ days in a lot of those years. For those trying to place a date on their anecdotal recollections, some notable heat waves in the last 20 years when we hit 100 degrees more than once include July 1999, August 1997, July 1993, July 1991, July 1988, and July 1987. Our warmest day in this time span was August 17, 1997 when the temperature hit 105, only one degree shy of our all-time hottest temperature. Our earliest 100 degree day occurred on June 5th and the latest on September 8th, giving us a 105 day window each year for reaching 100+ over the 20 years, with 99%+ of "eligible" days below the century mark. So far this summer our highest temperature is 98, achieved twice on July 9th and 10th.

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