We started this week off with heat indices in the triple digits, but the mini heat wave didn’t last long. We went from oppressive heat on Monday and Tuesday, to below average temperatures on Wednesday. Average highs for this time of year should be in the upper 80s. But was that the last of the extreme heat?
In the Climate Prediction Center six to ten day temperature outlook, a large section of the U.S. will see below average temperatures. Next week, temperatures look to be in the mid to upper 70s! What is wrong with this summer!? Isn’t July suppose to be filled with high dew points making it feel oppressive?
The National Weather Service in Des Moines released this graphic of the number of 90+ days over the past 20 years. So far in the city of Des Moines, only 7 days this year have been above 90°. Only a couple years ago, in 2012, it was much worse. In 2012, 60 days were above 90°. On average in Des Moines, we see 22 days with 90°+ temperatures. Currently sitting at 7, we still have time to reach that average. We will have to wait and see if we do this year. It does appear likely on Friday that we will add one more 90° day before we cool off by the start of the weekend.