Written By PinPoint Weather Intern Scott Cook
The month of July has always held a special place in my heart. It is the middle of the Summer months, the last month that can be enjoyed before the familiar worry of school and classes sink back in, and it is also the month in which I was born. It may be my favorite month of the year but it is definitely not perfect. We have seen plenty of hot days with 100° highs, and higher heat indices. We are far below our normal rainfall totals, missing about about 4 inches of much needed precipitation. Sadly, we do not see much change as we leave July and head into the month of August.
We may be enjoying the hot back to school sales at the stores, but many will not be enjoying the hot and dry August afternoons. August has on average been a hotter month than July, bringing with it more days that reach 100° than any other month. This year seems to be keeping that trend. The forecast calls for the the beginning of the month will be seeing these hot triple digit temperatures.
August will start out as a very windy month. Normally most folks enjoy a good breeze. The wind increases the rate of evaporation, helping to cool us down. However,we are far below the normal rainfall totals, most of the natural foliage is at a much higher risk of catching fire. When you combine the heavy winds with the extremely dry conditions we have been seeing, there is a far larger risk of dangerous brush fires. Many of our regions are under a burn ban to prevent any fires from starting but the best way to end the fire danger is with rain.
Wish I could say that there is relief in the forecast -- sadly it just doesn't look possible. There is a ridge of high pressure over top of Texas that is expected to strengthen over the next few days. The high
temperatures are going to rise from 100° to 103° heading into Friday. Those hotter temperatures will come with less wind -- but the same humidity. Heat indices could feel as hot as 105° to 109° Friday afternoon. Heading into the weekend, temperatures around 100° stick around, thanks to all that high pressure. If you have to be outside. Make sure to find some nice shade and remain hydrated!