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Last day of heat wave

Posted by David Epstein  July 7, 2013 12:56 PM

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As of early afternoon there are heat advisories for Boston and immediate surrounding towns as well as many south shore communities. Areas in orange will experience temperatures around 100F this afternoon for a few hours.heat adv. small.png This is an indication of slightly less hot air. Yesterday marked day 4 of our heat wave and today will be the 5th and likely final day of 90 degree or higher weather. A 5 day heat wave is quite long for the area, but not anything close to records. Yesterday Boston reached 93F for their high temperature, well shy of the record of 101 set in 1911. The summer of 1911 was very hot with several other records from that year on the books. This time of the year our record highs are close to or exceed 100F. You can see the upcoming records for the next several days below.

I'll be updating the next week's forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

HERE ARE RECORD HIGHS FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLANDS OFFICIAL CLIMATE
SITES FOR JULY 7TH THROUGH THE 10TH

BOS PVD ORH BDL
7TH 99/1953 97/1993* 100/2010 95/1908

8TH 99/1937 99/1981 97/1993 97/1936*

9TH 99/1981* 99/1981 99/1936* 96/1937

10TH 101/1880 100/1993 100/1936* 95/1936*

As mentioned, we are at the end of a somewhat prolonged heat wave. Like our record highs, the length of heat waves has been considerably longer in the past. Below is a list of some of the longer heat waves to hit southern New England. Notice how many more 8 day heat waves central Connecticut has seen. This is of course due to the fact they are far away from the ocean. It doesn’t mean Boston didn’t have 8, 9 or 10 days in the upper 80s or that one or two days only hit 87F and broke the string. This is why some of this data needs to be investigated deeper before making any sweeping generalizations.

ALSO...SINCE WE ARE LOOKING AT AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TEMPERATURES
ABOVE 90 DEGREES...HERE ARE THE LONGEST HEAT WAVES IN THE HISTORY
OF OUR 4 CLIMATE SITES.

HARTFORD/BRADLEY

JULY 24-AUGUST 2, 1995 - 10 DAYS
AUGUST 11-19, 2002 - 9 DAYS
AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 4, 1973 - 9 DAYS
JULY 27-AUGUST 3, 2006 - 8 DAYS
JULY 29-AUGUST 5, 2002 - 8 DAYS
JULY 16-23, 1991 - 8 DAYS
JULY 24-31, 1970 - 8 DAYS
AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 4, 1953 - 8 DAYS
AUGUST 10-17, 1944 - 8 DAYS

WORCESTER/AIRPORT

AUGUST 10-17, 1944 - 8 DAYS
JULY 4-11, 1912 - 8 DAYS
JUNE 26-JULY 3, 1901 - 8 DAYS
AUGUST 10-15, 1988 - 6 DAYS
JULY 25-29, 1963 - 5 DAYS

BOSTON/LOGAN AIRPORT

JULY 3-11, 1912 - 9 DAYS
AUGUST 11-18, 2002 - 8 DAYS
JULY 19-26, 1994 - 8 DAYS
AUGUST 10-17, 1944 - 8 DAYS
JUNE 28-JULY 5, 1872 - 8 DAYS

PROVIDENCE/T.F. GREEN


JULY 28-AUGUST 3, 2006 - 7 DAYS
AUGUST 13-19, 2002 - 7 DAYS
JULY 15-21, 1977 - 7 DAYS
AUGUST 11-17, 1944 - 7 DAYS
JULY 7-13, 1944 - 7 DAYS

Upcoming days
A few things are going to change this week and some will stay the same. First, humidity levels will remain high nearly the entire week. We might get a break towards the weekend, but that is still not a sure thing.

We won’t have a heat wave this week. Temperatures could reach 90 again this week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if we get enough sunshine. If we do hit that mark, it won’t be for hours and hours like last week. Showers and thunderstorms are possible nearly the entire week, but the most likely days you will get wet are tomorrows and Wednesday. The showers tomorrow, if they manifest will do so earlier in the day.
Highs will be mainly in the 83-88 degree range with cooler air at the Cape, the Vineyard and Islands. Some parts of outer Cape Ann will also be cooler.

Gardening this week
Are you growing tomatoes this year? If you haven't gotten a tomato plant yet there is actually still time, you might not have tomatoes until late August or early September, but you can still plant. This week, I have a video about my rescue of a tomato plant and how to grow them in containers.

I'll be updating the details of the weather on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

This blog is not written or edited by Boston.com or the Boston Globe.
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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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