These past couple of days have been warm with temperatures in the 80s. However, Wednesday will change that. Cloud cover combined with rain on Wednesday will only allow highs to warm up into the 70s. These type of temperatures are below average for this time of year. Average temperatures for this time of year should be in the mid 80s, not the 70s!
The Climate Prediction Center has placed the state of Iowa in a 40% likelihood that temperatures will be below normal. This means that we may actually avoid the extreme heat this year. In July, Des Moines only saw three days where temperatures were at or above 90°. On average Des Moines has eight days of 90° or greater. This was even down from last year. In 2013, Des Moines saw 11 days of 90°+ heat. Looking at the long range models, there is no real heat wave expected. Many of you may be okay with this. Just think, this would amount to the perfect weather for the state fair!
On top of it, the Climate Prediction Center believes that Iowa will see an average amount of precipitation for the month of August. Below average temperatures, with average precipitation? I know I will take it! But then the question becomes, what will winter be like? For our very latest thinking on that, read “Fall and Early Winter Outlook“