From the ABC 7 Weather team

Summer halfway point; July heat comparison

July 15, 2013 - 04:50 PM
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Summer is now halfway over, which means the region is at its climatologically hottest point.

Just one year ago, temperatures were extremely similar with highs in the mid 90s before hitting 100 degrees for two days in a row. The forecast for the same time period (15th through the 19th) this week has temperatures in the mid to upper 90s each day through the end of the work week. So far, the 96 degrees Reagan National hit today is the hottest so far this year. Sorry the graphic states 95 for today (Monday), it was 95 when I made the graphic, that's what I get for not waiting!

Last July 15-19 vs. this year's forecast through the 19th

This just happens to be the midpoint of the summer, as July 15th lies in the midst of Meteorological Summer which is from June 1st through August 31st. There is often a confusion between Meteorological Summer and Astronomical Summer, as the Summer Solstice occurs on the 21st of June, but this doesn't coincide with the hottest part of the year.

Halfway point of summer!

The hottest part of the year extends from July 7th through July 22nd, with an average high of 89 degrees and an average low of 71 degrees. This is in start contrast to the January coldest part of the year with an average high of 43 degrees and average low of 28 degrees.

July has been brutal over the past 3 years, averaging 20 or more days at or above 90 degrees each year. Last year was exceptionally rough, as it included 7 days at or above 100 degrees and 16 days at or above 95 degrees. The last time the month of July was below normal was in 2009, when there were only 7 90 degree days recorded. That year recorded 15 days with high temperatures at or below 85 degrees. Must've been nice!

Tips to beat the heat this week include staying inside as much as possible, wear lightweight and light colored clothing, including a hat and sunglasses. If you must exercise, do it indoors or as early as possible during the day. Try to drink as much water as possible and limit consumption of sugary or alcoholic beverages. If you know any relatives that are prone to heat illness such as the elderly, be sure to check on them. Don't forget about your pets either! Please bring them indoors and give them plenty of water!

The picture below is from our WeatherBug representative Jacob Wycoff who happened to be getting into his car when he recorded this temperature this afternoon. This is a serious reminder never to leave children or pets in your car in this heat. It can be dangerous and deadly, as 20 children have already lost their lives in the U.S. this year from heat stroke after being left inside vehicles.

Jacob Wycoff's car thermometer Monday afternoon
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