I have been asked by several people over the last few days about the heat we have experienced so far in July. We certainly have had our share of hot days and when we add the humidity into the mix, it seems to make it much more uncomfortable for the vast majority of us.
Through Wednesday our average high was 89.3°. If you compare it to the daily normal for July which is 90.6° we are slightly below the normal for July. Conversely, the average low for July this year was 70.1 with the daily normal in Lawrence registering 69.7°. Looking at the numbers for the month, we are almost exactly where we would expect to be climatologically speaking.
We also have had 16 days through Wednesday that have been at or above 90° or above. Looking at the monthly averages we should have all but one day that would be in the 90's.
The forecast heading into the beginning of August looks to start out in the mid-to-upper 90's. What I find interesting is that we have not had an official high over 100 degrees yet this year in Lawrence. The last 100 degree day was on June 23rd, 2009 which as of Thursday was 402 days ago.