July Heat Wave Breaks

Cooler Weather Returns To Central Indiana

On Thursday, July 20, abundant clouds, showers, and thunderstorms persisted throughout the day in central Indiana. With this occurring, the high temperature at the Indianapolis Airport only reached 82 degrees. And this ended the consecutive string of days with high temperatures of 90 or above.

Historically speaking, this string did not approach record levels, for neither its length nor for how warm the temperatures were. This year’s streak will go down with 5 consecutive days in the 90s. The record longest July streak with highs in the 90s came with July of 1901, with 18 consecutive days. In recent years, July of 1999 experienced 8 days in a row of 90 or higher, and July-early August of 2002 saw 6 consecutive days.

An average summer in Indianapolis will experience around 18 days with high temperatures of 90 or greater, with 8 of these days coming in July. So far in 2006, at total of 7 days in the 90s have been recorded, all during the month of July.

For the records, here is the daily data on the recent heat:

Date

2006 High Temperature

2006 Low Temperature

Record High

7/15

92

70

103 in 1988,1936

7/16

92

72

98 in 1988, 1887

7/17

90

71

100 in 1887

7/18

91

72

100 in 1954,1887

7/19

90

70

98 in 1930

Forecast temperatures for the next 7 days are not expected to exceed 90 degrees in Indianapolis. For a current forecast, visit the National Website in Indianapolis at www.weather.gov/indy

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Information prepared by Climate Services Focal Point, Logan Johnson



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