So a question from a Facebook friend had me doing a little project this morning. He wanted to know how many days in June and July the temperature was 90° or higher in Greenville. After digging through the records, here's what I found:
In June, there were 21 days where the temperature hit 90° or higher.
In July, there were 27 90°+ days.
The longest streak of 90°+ days was 18 days, between June 26 and July 13.
Only one record was broken during those two months - on June 1st.
August is going to start off the same way, as highs remain well above normal through the work week. Highs today will reach the mid 90s in the Upstate and the upper 80s in WNC, but humidity will be moderate, so the heat index won't be too much higher than the air temperature. Most will stay totally dry under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies this afternoon - but an isolated PM shower or storm can't be ruled out.
Tomorrow and Wednesday highs will be in record territory - we'll see thermometers peak in the upper 90s/low 100s in the Upstate and the low/mid 90s in the Mountains. The good news is that the air will be very dry, so we won't be talking about high heat AND oppressive humidity. This heat will be dry, but we'll still need to take it seriously.
GSP records are 99° (Tues) and 98° (Wed) - we are forecasting highs of 98° on Tuesday and 100° on Wednesday. AVL record highs are 93° (Tues) and 94° (Wed). Each day, the forecast high is just short of that - we're going for 92° on Tuesday and 93° on Wednesday.
The dry air will allow us to stay rain-free, and both Tuesday and Wednesday will bring a lot of sunshine. By the end of the week and weekend we'll watch for a better chance of PM showers and storms, with temps staying above-normal but not as hot as early in the week.
As for the tropics, the Hurricane Hunters were checking on could-be-Emily this morning, with the National Hurricane Center giving the area of low pressure a 90% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours. For the latest updates from the NHC, click here.
Have a happy Monday!