So how cool did it get this past weekend (July18 & 19)? My forecast was close but as usual Mother Nature threw us a couple of curves. Here's what happened:
Cloudy skies greeted us in the morning. While I was expecting clouds it was actually overcast and that worked to hold in the heat a little bit. The morning low on Saturday was 63, a little above my forecast but still well below the normal low of 71. The record low for July 18 is 57 set in 1976. It's not unheard of for us to have an isolated day or two in the Summer with a high temperature in the 70s. More often than not these cool Summer days are a result of extended rain. But saturday was dry and, although it was mostly cloudy, the sun came out occasionally. So the daytime high of 73 on Saturday was significant as the coolest maximum temperature on record for that date. The old record was 75 set way back in 1924.
Once again clouds and a bit of a breeze kept it from getting too cool on Sunday morning. The low was 64. Well above the record low of 59 set in 1984 but certainly below the normal low of 71. The high on Sunday was 79. The record low maximum for Sunday's date is 70 set in the 19th century (1877)!
Keep in mind the nomal high for this time of year is 90 degrees. Considering that I think the weather this past weekend should be cherished. By the way, I'm forecasting a high of 74 degrees tomorrow (Tuesday, July 21), but that's a result of clouds and rain. You can get my updated forecast by clicking here. If you're reading this anytime after Monday, July 20 you'll be seeing the latest forecast though...get it? Good.
Stay dry and cool...Kent