Miami sees record-breaking heat on Tuesday; July 4 forecast not getting much cooler
If it feels like it’s been extraordinarily hot outside, you’re right.
Tuesday’s high of 98 degrees, recorded at 1:52 p.m., broke a record in Miami-Dade County. The previous high had been 95 degrees set on June 30, 2015, according to the National Weather Service.
Monday tied for the hottest June 29 at 94 degrees, which was set in 1993.
The higher temperatures have led to higher heat index values, which measures what the temperature feels like when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature, according to the weather service.
Normally, the heat index at this time of year would be from 100 to 105. But South Florida is recording heat index values from 105 to 107, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Steven Ippoliti.
The increase is due to Sahara dust from North Africa in the atmosphere, causing fewer showers and thunderstorms, which naturally cool down the area, Ippoliti said.
Each year, hundreds of millions of tons of soil blow across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert in northern Africa, according to NASA.
In Miami-Dade County, the National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday shows a heat index value of 103 and temperature highs near 91. There will also be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Thursday will see the heat index at 102 and highs near 91 degrees with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Friday’s forecast is a high near 91 and a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Fourth of July weekend festivities may see rain as well. Saturday’s forecast calls for a high near 91 and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.
Sunday’s forecast is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m. with a high near 90.
As temperatures rise, authorities are reminding residents to remember the dangers of heat stroke. On Monday, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took a dog suffering from heat stroke to an animal hospital. The dog had to be supplied with a continuous flow of oxygen.
“Although the circumstances to this particular case are unclear, it is a good opportunity to remind pet owners that our four-legged friends can also suffer from heat strokes,” Fire Rescue said in a statement. “It is always recommended that pets are kept in cool, shady areas where they have access to water. We sure hope for a speedy recovery for this pup.”
If you thought 2020 was out of curveballs to throw, how about a potentially historic heatwave?
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center said Tuesday that July could see record-breaking heat in most of the country.
“Our final outlook for July 2020 sees increased chances for above-normal temperatures across much of the country,” NWS said in a tweet.
The month’s weather will be unusually hot and “potentially historic,” Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist for Weather Co., told The Washington Post.
July could be a good time for outdoor activities, though, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Rainfall will be below normal in much of the country, including the Northeast, Great Lakes, Midwest, High Plains, Desert Southwest and Pacific Northwest.
The Weather Channel reported that much of the Midwest and Great Lakes will have highs that are “several degrees warmer than average” during July. Parts of the West Coast, Rockies and South will also have above-average temperatures, according to The Weather Channel.
“While there will be breaks in the heat, it appears that these breaks will be short-lived, especially in the country’s northern tier,” The Weather Channel reported.