Both this and the previous summer had five-day heat waves that ended on July 11. Each year's heat wave also had two days in the triple digits on July 9 and 10. Last year's readings were highs of 106° (hottest reading on record) and 102° while this year's were both 100°.
Today's high of 98° was a record for the date. This was one of eleven days with a high in the 90s in a two-week period from 7/6 thru 7/19.
A thick haze predominated during the daylight hours, but then a cleansing cold front moved through in the early evening, producing thunderstorms that dropped 1.10" of rain between 6-9 PM. Much of it, 0.78", poured down between 6-7 PM.
Low temperatures during the past four days: 73°-74°-75°-76° (today). Typical low for this time of month is 69°.
Following yesterday oppressive conditions, today was even more uncomfortable as afternoon dew points rose from the low 70s to between 74°and 77°. Additionally, today's afternoon air temperature was 8-10 degrees warmer (low 80s vs mid-70s). Two heavy downpours in mid-afternoon and evening produced 0.75" of rain, one day after 2.54" poured down from tropical storm Fay.