If you think this Deep South summer is even hotter than usual, you’re right, says the National Weather Service.
This week’s to be another sweaty one, with daily highs of 97 degrees and nightly lows in the mid-70s. The high today’s to be 96 with a heat index of 100. The high Tuesday’s to be 97 with a heat index of 102 degrees.
Highs in the mid-90s and lows in the mid-70s are pretty standard for this time of year. What’s caught meteorologists’ attention is that it got that hot in Columbus before this time of year got here.
Checking records for June, the National Weather Service reports Columbus had 23 days when highs hit above 90 degrees, and 22 of those were consecutive, June 8-29. Columbus normally has just 17 June days when temperatures hit 90 degrees or more.
The service says June’s daily high temperature normally averages 89.5 degrees. This past June the average hit 3 degrees higher, at 92.5.
The hottest days last month were June 20 and June 25, when the high each day hit 98.
Meteorologists said the conditions conducive to such hot weather were domes of high pressure that minimized cloud cover and drew moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Columbus’ rainfall total for the month was below normal at 2.45 inches rather than 3.51. What rain came was derived from afternoon showers born not of passing weather systems but of daily heating.
Forecasters for July expect much of the same – hotter than normal with occasional afternoon thunderstorms.