Pinpoint Weather: Heat continues this week

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Pinpoint Weather:  Dry and hot pattern continues

Each day this month the mercury in the thermometer has reached or crossed the 90° mark. Today that has happened again with two straight weeks over that mark.

With 13 days in a row we have cracked the top ten for number of days in a row at or above 90. Today we are knocking on the door of the top five, with several more days forecast to be in the 90s.

14 Days in a row
July            2020
July 1932

13 Days in a row
August      1988
July            1980
July            1952

The longest streak is 22 days beginning in June of 1966.

So here is the forecast for the rest of the week, which has been fairly consistent through the month.  There is a dome of high pressure over the eastern half of the country and that is responsible for the heat and the dry pattern today. The air under the high sinks and compresses and generates more friction between molecules and that in turn generates heat.  The sun will also be more prevalent during high pressure days, so the solar energy heats us up too.  The good news is that the flow of air is from the north and northwest so there is not a good deal of hot air being imported to the region so there is more work to be done heating the slightly cooler air. Bottom line, we are still hot today and should be the rest of the week.

Wednesday will be dry and hot with little in the way of rain chances, but Thursday brings some more moisture so the opportunity to see a few more isolated storms is likely. Friday looks to be the best chance for us to get some widespread rain as a cold front will slide in past the warm front.  Strong storms may be possible.  Summer pattern expected over the weekend, with scattered storms and highs near 90, then more widespread rain slated for Monday.

Stay safe and stay hydrated

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

Check out the Neowise comet.  This is a very rare experience and should be pretty amazing to see. Look to the Northwest about an hour after sunset tonight and you will see the streaking comet. Should be able to see it with the naked eye until next week.

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