Race Day Forecast

A hot and dry Brickyard 400 is in the cards today.

Sunshine and temps in the 90s… our heat wave rolls on, and we’re looking forward to a dry Brickyard 400!

Highs today will reach the low 90s with mostly sunny skies.  Today will be the 15th consecutive day Indianapolis hits at least the 90 degree mark.  It will feel more like the mid to upper 90s with the humidity.  With no rain in the forecast today, we’re ending July on a dry note, we’re also going down in history.  July 2011 is the driest on record with only .47″ or rain recorded at the Indianapolis International Airport.  The previous record was .49″ in 1914.

Overnight, patchy fog may develop with mostly clear skies and light winds with temps around 70.

Monday, the heat rolls on.  Temps will reach the low 90s, and the same is expected for Tuesday with more humidity moving in, it will feel like 100 degrees.

Our next shot at rain moves in Wednesday, then another round is possible Friday and Saturday.

Brickyard 400 Weekend Forecast

Rain… many spots around Indiana finally saw rain!

Rain… many spots around Indiana finally saw rain!  Indy picked up .14″ of rain last night, bringing our monthly July total to .47″ of rain.  That’s still the driest on record.  The previous record was .49″ in 1914.

Highs today will reach the low 90s with a mix of sun and clouds and a 30% chance of isolated showers and storms along and south of I-70.  Severe storms are not expected, but any thunderstorm will produce very heavy rain.

Overnight, temps drop to the low 70s, and clear skies and light winds, patchy fog is likely.

For the Brickyard, highs hit the low 90s with heat indices pushing close to 100.  There’s a 10% chance for a pop up shower or storm, but most spots look to stay dry.

Monday the humidity increases, and by Tuesday we’re back in the mid 90s.

Our best chance for rain, begins Wednesday.

If you’re keeping track of consecutive 90 degree days… Friday made 13 days in a row!  The record is 19 back in 1936.

Chance for Rain Today!

Not only has this been the driest and the third warmest July on record, but this month now stands as one of the four hottest months in Indianapolis history.

Not only has this been the driest and the third warmest July on record, but this month now stands as one of the four hottest months in Indianapolis history.

Today, the forecast changes… just a bit!  We have a 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon into the evening as highs hit the low to mid 90s.  We’re not looking for widespread severe weather, but a few isolated storms could be strong to severe.  Very heavy rain and damaging winds will be possible with thunderstorms that bubble up.  A Heat Advisory is in effect starting at noon and ending at 8pm South of I-70.  Heat indices will push over 100 degrees.

Overnight, isolated showers and storms come to an end and temps drop to around 70.

For Saturday, we’re back up to the low 90s with a small chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.  The same small pop up chance sticks with us for Sunday and the Brickyard 400 as highs remain in the low 90s, but it will feel more like 100.

Our next chance for rain moves in Wednesday and Thursday.

Notice, there is nothing but 90s in the 7 day forecast.  If we hit at least 90 degrees each and every day through Friday, we’ll break a record set back in 1936 of consecutive 90 degree days in a row.  In 1936, there were 19 days of 90+ in a row, if we make it to next Friday, we’ll hit 20!

Hottest Day of the Week Today; Heat Advisory Issued

Temps will soar into the upper 90s today, but will feel much warmer because of the humidity.

Temps will soar into the upper 90s today, but will feel much warmer because of the humidity.

We’re forecasting a high of 97 today with heat indices of 100 to 110.  A Heat Advisory is in effect for Central Indiana from noon to 8pm today.  There’s a slight chance for an isolated storm, but it looks like most spots stay dry.  The big story today is the oppressive heat and humidity.

Overnight, temps drop into the 70s with the muggy-ness sticking around.

Friday, temps drop to the mid 90s with a 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.  That chance of rain continues into Saturday.  If we don’t pick up any rain at the Indianapolis International Airport, this July will go down as the driest July in history.  So far this month, we’ve only had .33″ of rain at the airport (the official measuring location). 

There’s a chance for a pop up shower or storm for the Brickyard, but at this time the race looks mainly dry.  Temps will stay in the 90s, and it will feel more like 100.

Our streak of 90s continues through the 7 day forecast.  Today is the 12th day in a row that we’ll hit the 90 degree mark.  If we hit at least 90 each and everyday through next Thursday, we’ll tie the record for the most consecutive days of 90 degree temps at 19!  That record was set back in 1936.

Record Setting 90 Degree Streak?

More 90s are in the forecast, and if the trend continues, we could go down in the record books!

More 90s are in the forecast, and if the trend continues, we could go down in the record books!  Today will mark the 11th day in a row of 90 degree temps.

Top 10 occurrences of more than 10 consecutive days with Maximum Temperature 90 degrees F or higher.

Years: 1871-2011

Rank  # Days   End Date
 1     19    8/26/1936
 2     18    7/30/1901
 3     15    7/17/1936
 4     14    8/13/2007
 5     14    7/24/1983
 6     14    7/20/1980
 7     14    7/ 6/1966
 8     13    8/30/1983
 9     13    7/31/1940
10     12    8/21/1995

Today will be the eleventh day in a row that Indianapolis hits the 90 degree mark.  Highs will top out in the low to mid 90s with increasing clouds and 10% chance of a pop up shower or thunderstorm.  Most spots will stay absolutely dry.  It will be sticky with dew points in the 60s… it’s going to be yucky, but not as miserable as last week.

Overnight, Central Indiana stays sticky as lows drop to the low 70s.

Thursday, get ready for highs in the mid to upper 90s.  Again, a 10% chance of a pop up shower or thunderstorm is possible.  It will feel closer to 110 degrees with the humidity.

Our best shot at rain arrives Friday and Saturday.

For the Brickyard 400, there’s a 20% chance of an isolated shower or storm.

90 Degree Streak Rolls On

Today will be our 10th consecutive day of 90 degree temps around Central Indiana.

Today will be our 10th consecutive day of 90 degree temps around Central Indiana.

We had 14 consecutive 90-degree days in 2007 and we’ll match that streak on Saturday.  So far, this is also the driest July on record, with just .33″ of rain falling at the official rain gauge at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Highs today will reach the low 90s with mostly sunny skies and a breeze out of the Northwest.

Tonight, temps drop to the mid 60s with mostly clear skies.

Wednesday, the low 90s return, but so does the humidity.  It will continue to build a little each and everyday though Friday.

Thursday and Friday look hot and humid with temps in the mid 90s.  Our next best chance for rain moves in Friday.

Saturday and Sunday temps drop to the upper 80s, and there’s a 20% chance of a pop up shower or storm for the Brickyard 400.

Slight Break in the Heat

A small break in the heat and humidity is coming our way today!

A small break in the heat and humidity is coming our way today!

By the way… if you were lucky enough to get rain yesterday… how much fell in your backyard?  I got sprinkles downtown and over to the Glendale Mall a nice downpour.  I then headed over to Broad Ripple, and NOTHING! 

Highs still look to hit 90 today, but with dew points at a more tolerable level, it won’t “feel” so bad outside today.  Partly cloudy skies will give way to mostly sunny skies as we head into the afternoon.

Overnight, it’s mostly clear with temps in the 60s!

Tuesday will be another comfortable day with temps around 90.

Wednesday we crank the heat up, and the humidity starts to build again.  Heat indices could push to 100 degrees if not a little more through Friday.

The next best chance of rain comes Friday and Saturday.

If you’re already looking forward to the Brickyard 400… expect the upper 80s with a 20% chance for an isolated shower or storm.

Brief Break From the Heat Coming

The excessive heat warning that’s been with Central Indiana for the week, expires tonight at 8pm!

The excessive heat warning that’s been with Central Indiana for the week, expires tonight at 8pm!

Highs today will reach the low 90s with a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially this afternoon and tonight.  Temps will feel up to 110, with the humidity sticking around through the evening.  Severe storms are not expected, but any thunderstorm that pops could contain very heavy rain and gusty winds along with frequent lightning.

Overnight, scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible, as lows drop to the mid 70s.

Monday, a few raindrops may stick around for the morning, then, the skies will gradually clear.  Highs Monday will hit the upper 80s.  It’s a brief break from the heat!

Tuesday, the upper 80s are with us… but by Wednesday we’re already back in the 90s. 

The next best chance for rain moves in Friday and Saturday.

So far, the Indianapolis International Airport (the official rain gauge for Indy) has only picked up .11″ of rain this month.  The driest July on record occurred in 1914 when we only received .49″ of rain.

Excessive Heat Warning Extended

The Excessive Heat Warning for Central Indiana has been extended until 8pm Sunday.

The Excessive Heat Warning for Central Indiana has been extended until 8pm Sunday.

Highs today will reach the mid 90s with “feels like” temps pushing 110.  It’s another hot and humid day.  There’s a 30% chance for isolated thunderstorms this afternoon and into the early evening.  The best chance for rain will be the farther north of I-70 you go.  Any thunderstorm that pops could contain very  heavy rain and gusty winds.

Overnight, temps drop to the upper 70s, with a slight chance for an isolated shower or storm.

Sunday, we’ll see a better chance for more spots to see rain, but we’re still not looking at widespread showers and thunderstorms.  The best chance for a pop up shower or storm appears to be the afternoon and evening.

Monday, get a little relief from the heat and humidity with temps hitting the upper 80s.

As quickly as Tuesday we warm back up to 90, and the next best chance for isolated showers moves in on Friday.

Heat Wave Rolls On

We did it! Thursday Indianapolis hit 100 degrees. That’s the first time since 1988 the century mark has been hit in the Circle City.

We did it!  Thursday Indianapolis hit 100 degrees.  That’s the first time since 1988 the century mark has been hit in the Circle City.

Today, will be cooler, but we can’t say the heat wave will be over.  Temps only drop to the mid to upper 90s today, and it will feel like 110 with the humidity.  The entire state is still under an Excessive Heat Warning until 8pm Saturday.  There’s a 20% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms the later we head into the day and evening.  Some storms may be strong to severe with damaging wind the biggest threat.

Overnight, temps drop to the upper 70s, but it will feel closer to 90.

Saturday, we hit the mid 90s again, and it will feel well over 100 degrees.  There’s a 30% chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms.  Remember, the Excessive Heat Warning ends at 8pm Saturday night.

Sunday, another shot at showers and storms with highs in the mid 90s.  Sunday into Monday will be our best chance for rain as a cold front moves towards the state.

“Relief” from the heat comes Monday and Tuesday, but we quickly climb back into the 90s at the end of next week.  We will have to wait to see if the humidity sticks around too.