Have We Seen the Last of the Summer Heat?

With temperatures well below average in August, should we say goodbye to the summer warmth?

If you've spent any time outside lately you'll probably agree that temperatures are starting to feel more fall like, rather than the middle of August.

These temperatures are actually more typical of mid-September. Although I think mother nature has been about a month off since February actually.

Temperatures have been in the 70s since a cold front passed through our area Tuesday afternoon.

It has been refreshing and pleasant, it has been really nice to get rid of the humidity.

Average high temperatures for mid August are normally towards the mid 80s, and we are well below that benchmark.

Let's back up and talk about this summer.

Compared to last year, temperatures have been cooler.

Not once did we hit 100 degrees this summer, nor even get anywhere near it.

Comparing 90 degree or hotter days, we are well below the numbers compared to the summer of 2012.

The yearly average of 90+ degree days in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham county area is 22.

Last summer that number was surpassed.

But this summer we are at about half that.

Most people think of August as the hottest month but in the Valley, it's typically in July where we see the hottest temperatures.

Most of our summer heat comes from the position of the Bermuda High off the east coast.

This year, first of all the Bermuda high hasn't been as strong as usual. It's also stayed more to the north.


With that we've seen a trough of cooler air swing into the area.

So while the east coast has been cooler, temperatures on the other side of the country have been a bit toasty lately.

These were afternoon temperatures on Thursday.

What's also noteworthy is that this was the time of day where parts of the Atlantic coast was pretty much at their high temperatures, but out west daytimes highs were still be an hour or two away.

Temperature stations across entire state of Montana today reported warmer temperatures than anywhere in Virginia. What a contrast! 

As we head into next week, an area of high pressure looks to move in from the west/southwest. IT looks like the summer-like heat might not be gone forever. But will it last? We'll have to wait and see.

Remember, It's not unusual to see one or two 90 degree days in September though.

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