Dog Days are Over
As of today, the Dog Days of summer are behind us. July 3 through August 11 are considered the Dogs Days going back to ancient times when Romans believed the Dog Star, Sirius, added extra heat as it rises and sets with the sun during this time. This is obviously false, but these are the warmest weeks of the year.
The average highs are now falling and the average high falls below 80 on Monday until next June 29. After 6 weeks of heat and humidity, relief finally arrived this week with a cold front on Monday night. The cool, dry air and gusty wind created the first taste of fall and this comfortable air has stuck around all week along with highs in the 70s.
Another storm system moves into the Milwaukee area Friday afternoon with a little more humidity and highs near 80. Occasional rain showers are likely Friday tonight and for Saturday with highs in the 70s.
The heat wave in Oklahoma and Texas broke today thanks to the same front that helped us. Dallas and Oklahoma City had their first rain since mid June and Dallas did not hit 100 for the first time since July 1st with a high of 96. The streak ends with 40 straight days of at least 100 degrees, so the record of 42 straight days back in 1980 lives on.