July Heat: How Hot Was It? (updated 7/25)

It goes without saying that oppressive heat has been the rule across much of the region during the second half of July.  An upper level ridge has allowed temperatures in the 90s and 100s to creep well north into the Plains states.  At the same time, a stationary front has also been stuck across the Plains, helping to pool abundant moisture across eastern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, eastern Nebraska, and much of Missouri and Iowa.  The combination of the intense heat and humidity has produced heat index values frequently in the 105 to 115 degree range.

Here is a summary of just how hot it has been across the area.  The image at the bottom shows that most of eastern Kansas has been 4 to 6 degrees above normal temperatures for July 18 through July 24.  This doesn't even factor in the above normal humidity, which contributed to the high heat index values evident in the chart below.

Max T = High temperature for the day
Max H.I. = Maximum approximate heat index reading for the day (combination of temp and humidity).
Heat Index 105 or greater
Heat Index 110 or greater

Highest values for the period are highlighted

 

Topeka

Concordia

Manhattan

Emporia

Lawrence

Forbes Field

 

Max T

Max H.I.

Max T 

 Max H.I.

 Max T

 Max H.I.

 Max T

 Max H.I.

 Max T

 Max H.I.

 Max T

Max H.I.

July 23

98

108

97

107

97

104

94

103

95

109

96

106

July 22

97

107

96

103

96

104

93

101

93

103

95

106

July 21

91

106

90

104

91

106

92

102

90

105

91

103

July 20

97

110

87

96

95

107

94

105

97

    113    

97

110

July 19

98

111

  100  

106

100

106

94

103

95

110

96

106

July 18

97

107

96

106

96

106

95

105

95

108

96

106

July 17

96

112

99

112

98

113

95

108

95

112

95

108

July 16

94

105

93

104

93

106

91

103

93

106

92

99

 

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