No Grinning, Just Bearing
Posted by Pete Bouchard
In summer that some thought would be lost to cool temperatures and wet weather, we certainly have turned the tide.
With a noontime reading of 93° in Boston, we officially made it to our third heat wave of the season. In Worcester, the airport also reached a milestone: the 1st 90° reading of the season (although it has been in the 90s downtown).
All around New England, folks are melting. In Boston, we're on day 3 of a 7 day stretch of 90 or better. This is a looong heat wave, but not the longest in Boston's history:
As you can see, three day heatwaves are as common as subfreezing temps in winter (OK, almost as common), but to get a 6-9 day heatwave is exceptional. Last time we had a seven day heatwave was in August of 1988. That's not saying much, as the summer of 2002 saw an 8-day spell of 90 or better. (BTW, that was a SUPER hot year. We also saw our earliest 90 in April and latest 90 in October.)
But enough of the past, what about the future? We know we're in it to win it for the next four days, so how about some soothing afternoon storms? We beseech thee to come!
Careful what you wish for. Any storms will be teeming with water and create intense downpours. In addition, the cooling will be short-lived and humidity will climb once they pass. (Man, did I just squash any hope of relief or what?) Regardless, they're in the forecast: hit and miss tomorrow and Thursday, better chance Friday and very likely by Saturday afternoon.
Bona-fide relief is coming Saturday night. Until then, hydrate, cool down in the A/C and let the heat wave roll.