Good Wednesday everyone and welcome to a brand new month. August is finally here and it couldn’t get here fast enough. The July weather was nothing short of amazing and the record books will never be the same because of it.
The average temperature for the month was right at 80.5 degrees. That makes this the second hottest July on record and the third hottest month ever. Only July and August of 1936 featured average temps warmer than this past month. Ouch!
July was also the 9th warmest on record for the city of Lexington. It is VERY rare to have a top ten hottest month and top ten wettest month in the books at the same time. Have I mentioned extreme is the new normal?
August is starting out on a decent enough note today with high temps in the upper 80s to around 90 for most of central and eastern Kentucky. Skies will be partly sunny behind a weak cold front that is dropping just to our south.
Heat and humidity will ride back in for Thursday and Friday as readings top out in the lower 90s. There could be a stray storm or two by Friday.
The better storm chances wait for the weekend as a strong cold front approaches. This front arrives in here by Sunday with numerous showers and storms, some of which could be strong. The GFS shows much of the rain over the next week may be centered JUST to our south:
Have a fantastic first day of August and take care.