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Another Heat Wave Begins

By · July 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Despite our pleasantly cool start this morning in the 50s and 60s, we STILL managed to hit 91 degrees this afternoon. It was our 34th day of 90+ heat this year. The average is 15, last year we had 42, and the record to beat (which is feasible based on the way this summer has been going) is 58 set in 1983. Plan on another week’s worth of 90+ heat in your 7-day.

Temps to our west hit mid 90s to triple digits today, and some of that heat will be building eastward in the days to come.

While no advisories have been issued for Central Indiana, the far Southwest part of the state is under an Excessive Heat Warning Monday through Thursday where heat index values are expected to soar above 105!

As for rain, we will stay dry through the weekend, but we do have a chance of rain starting late Monday night with daily rain chances into Friday as a front meanders across the state. We need it! We’re running nearly 6 3/4″ below average since June 1st.

Though rain chances look decent for the work week, the 90-day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center does not give us good news. The August-September-October period is expected to be drier than average and our drought is expected to persist or even intensify.

Plan on mid to upper 90s tomorrow. Hot, but nowhere near the record of 106 set in 1901.

And get ready for the return of triple digits in spots like Lafayette and Terre Haute by Monday! Here in Indy, if we hit 98, we’ll be shy of the record 102 set in 1934.

Here’s a look at your WTHR-TV 7-day. Hot, humid, but at least there’s the hope for some rain!

Speaking of rain, you’ve gotta appreciate the humor of tonight’s WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 6. Lynn Sim posted this on our Facebook Page guiding the rain to exactly the right spot! Actually, the sign is part of the Race Across INdiana bicycle race, but it’s still pretty funny. Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Stay cool and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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