Summer Continues Into August, But Hottest Days Are Behind Us

9:28 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- As July comes to a close many of you are more than ready for temperatures to start their downward turn. Luckily for you, this has already started.

Out of the three summer months, June, July and August, July normally pumps out the most summer heat. The average high temperature throughout the month of July is 87.6 degrees, but nothing was normal about July 2012.

This year the average high temperature at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in July was 91.3 degrees. The first nine days of the month were 94 degrees or warmer with a burning 100 degrees on July 8th.

In total there were 22 days in July that were 90 degrees or warmer.

While it seemed like the heat was relentless through most of the month, climatologically, the heat begins to subside after July 17th.

The hottest normal high temperature for the Triad is 88.1 degrees. This is the normal high temperature for July 9th through July 17th. After July 17th the normal high temperature gradually cools by a tenth of a degree every few days.

The last day of July, however, was certainly not consistent with much of the month with a high temperature of only 86 degrees. This apparent downward turn in temperatures does not necessarily mean we are out of the summer oven quite yet.

Above normal temperatures are forecast to continue through August for much of the nation including here in the Triad. While we have likely already seen the hottest temperature of the year with 102 degrees a few mid-upper 90, if not 100 degree days, are still possible. Ironically enough, the 102 high temperature occurred in June and not July.

If you simply can't wait for summer to end and for fall to begin the official start to fall is on Saturday, September 22nd. The normal high temperature for that day is 77.6 degrees.

WFMY News 2

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