Historic Heat Wave Continues Through Saturday

The Indianapolis area is nearing the end of a historic heat wave, the likes of which the area has not seen in 76 years.  To make matters worse, the drought conditions in early July are currently worse for the local area than in early July 1934 or 1936.  The only times less rain fell from May 1-July 5 were in the years 1988 and 1895.  For the current May 1-July 5 period, over HALF of the rainfall during that time fell all the way back on May 1st.

Most Hoosiers have never seen such prolonged high temperatures in their lifetime.  The average high temperature for the Indianapolis area for the 9-day period from June 28-July 6 was slightly over an incredible 100 degrees!  High temperatures on Friday were the highest since July 1936, topping out at 105 degrees.  Saturday will be just as hot, if not hotter, as the current forecast calls for 107 degrees at Indianapolis.  If this comes to fruition, Indianapolis will break its all-time record high temperature of 106 degrees which was set on July 14, 1936. 

During this historic heat wave, the Indianapolis area will have broken or tied six daily record highs including the all-time record high for the month of June (twice) and could possibly eclipse the all-time Indianapolis high temperature of 106 degrees.  The high temperature of 102 degrees on the Fourth of July was second only to the record high of 103 degrees set 101 years ago.

As of Friday evening, 2012 had the most 100-degree days since 1988 with five.  The Indianapolis area will experience one last 100-degree day on Saturday before a cooling trend begins on Sunday.  This will bring the total number of 100 degree days to six…the most ever for a year since 1936.  Only 1936 and 1934 had more 100-degree days...1936 a record 12 days and 1934 with nine days.  

The four consecutive 100-degree days will only be the third such occurrence for the Indianapolis area since weather records began in 1871.  The last occurrence was July 7-15, 1936 with a record nine consecutive days.  The only other time was six consecutive days from July 20-25, 1934.

Last Updated: Saturday, July 7, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

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