Happy Monday! It’s no secret that it’s been hot in our corner of the Commonwealth this July. It’s the second hottest start to the month in Roanoke, with an average temperature of 80.8 degrees.
You’ve likely heard us talk about where our recent heatwave ranks in history. The longest heatwave (consecutive days where the high temperature reaches 90 degrees or higher) happened from June 23 to July 14, 1966. At 22 days, that heatwave blows all others out of the water in Roanoke as second place comes in at 17 days. This year’s heatwave is tied with a few others at 12th on the list.
If we dig deeper into the numbers, we find that July 2020′s heatwave compares more favorably with that 1966 one. During that 22 day stretch 54 years ago, the max temperature was 100 degrees and the minimum was 57. The temperature averages out to 79.5 degrees over the full 22 days.
What ends up being surprising is that this recent heatwave has been HOTTER on average than the 1966 one, even though, (by definition) it ranks lower on the list.
We’ve peaked at 95 degrees so far this month, but the lowest low temperature was just 65 degrees. As mentioned earlier, we’ve started July with an average temperature of 80.8 degrees, beating out the 1966 heatwave by 1.3 degrees.
We’ll start this week with the best opportunity to break our heatwave as our forecast calls for us to fall just short of the 90-degree mark this afternoon. The heat will be locked in for the rest of the week as highs range from the low to mid-90s every day.
In addition to the heat, we’re tracking comet NEOWISE plus when storms could threaten southwest and central Virginia. Your Local Weather Authority’s Chris Michaels is breaking it all down in our daily weather article.
You can always get specific forecast details for your zone, whether it’s the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley, Southside, or elsewhere around southwest and central Virginia, anytime at WSLS.com/weather. Know your zone!
In case you missed it, we’re posting great weather content on WSLS.com. Here are a few links from the past week to check out:
- PHOTO GALLERY: Scroll through photos of the comet, NEOWISE
- Heat and humidity, in conjunction with front, create severe storms across parts of region
- NEOWISE appears *twice* a day; when and where to look
-- Justin McKee