WENATCHEE — July has been a super month if you’ve had time to hang out at the beach. For those who don’t crave sunny, hot weather, not so super.
If temperatures soar once again into the high 90s as forecast for today, it will be the:
11th consecutive day of 90 degrees or better.
Ninth straight day when the day’s high has risen past 96 degrees.
18th day out of 26 so far this month that its been 90 or hotter.
And Thursday’s high of 100 degrees was the second day of triple digits this month.
That’s pretty darn hot. But not even close to record heat, said Matt Fugazzi, forecaster for the National Weather Service.
Fugazzi did a little research into weather records this morning and found that:
The longest stretch of 90 degrees or warmer came in July and August of 1971 when there was a 32-day stretch of hot days.
The record hot July was set in 1985 when the average high was 96.3 degrees.
The average July temperature is 92.3 degrees.
“This is child’s play in comparison,” Fugazzi scoffed.
Still, extended hot weather can be tough on the sick and elderly and anyone without air conditioning. Pets need plenty of water and shouldn’t be left in parked cars where temperatures can climb much higher than those outside.
Plants wilt and lawns turn brown in extended heat.
The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District has asked water users to forget green for awhile and conserve and stagger their yard waterings for the next week to give the district time to refill its reservoirs.
Extended hot weather also creates fire danger. The National Weather Service has posted a warning for this evening as strong winds of 15 to 30 mph accompany the dry heat.
High temperatures are forecast to cool slightly for the weekend and next week. But they will still be close to 90 degrees. Fugazzi said there’s no precipitation on the horizon, and dry lightning close to the mountains combined with more wind the next few days contribute to dangerous conditions and extreme fire behavior.