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July & heat have arrived

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Welcome to July, typically the hottest month of the year and today will feel like a July summer day with highs in the 90s and very high humidity creating dangerous heat indexes near 110 before a cold front drops the humidity and highs into the 80s for the weekend. 

Today’s record is 99 from 1931 and today’s 90 degree weather will be the 4th time so far this year in Milwaukee…despite how cool it has been.  Remember, we had three consecutive record breaking days in early June…the hottest was 97. 

Last summer had 10 days in the 90s, 2009 had two 90 degrees days and 2008 had 0 days in the 90s, but many days were in the upper 80s.  All the record high temperatures for July are at least 96 and 12 of the days have triple digit records, and 17 of the 31 days are 99 or hotter.  

The last 100 degree temperature in July was during the 1995 heat wave when Milwaukee hit 103 on the 13th and 102 on the 14th.  Milwaukee’s hottest day on record is July 24, 1923 when the thermometer read 105. 

On average, the warmest week of the year is July 18th to July 25th with an average high of 82.  July averages 3.58” of rain and last July had a record breaking 10.93” of rain due to 5.61” on July 22nd that caused widespread flooding and damage across the Milwaukee metro.

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