CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – No matter how you slice the numbers, this July has been running above normal and the region is heading into another hot weekend promising temperatures in the 90s for highs once again.
High pressure areas have built up several times this month over the region and as they move slightly to the east they open the door for a southerly flow of air which, added to the drying nature of high pressure, has resulted in a string of days in the 90s.
More statistics: The hottest day so far in July has been 96 on the 16th. The hottest day for the month in Huntington was also 96 but that occurred on July 9th.
The hottest July day ever recorded in Charleston was July 4, 1931 when the records show a high of 108 degrees. The same record high for all of July of 108 degrees was reached in Huntington on July 28 in 1930.
More 90s are in store in the coming days. The highs should linger in the 90s until at least the middle of next week.
We remind people who are sensitive to the heat to employ cooling strategies during this stretch of weather.
You can always see how hot it is and how hot it’s going to be by downloading the StormTracker 13 weather app for free. Enable notifications and location services on the app and enable all alert types in the Saf-T-Net Alert section of the app and you’ll receive all storm warning types as well as heat advisories, and in about 6 months, any wind chill alerts.