Late-Summer Heatwave This Week
Autumn doesn't begin for another few weeks (9/22) and summer is showing no signs of letting up. It looks like the Cedar Rapids area will have at least FIVE straight days of 90+* degrees this week.
The final week of August is going to be one of the hottest on record for some areas. The good news is that the humidity won't be much of a factor beginning Monday.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines says:
some areas will reach the upper 90's and heat index values will approach 100 degrees at times.
The normal high for this time of the year in Cedar Rapids is 81 degrees.
It's definitely going to be a hot week with high temperatures expected to hit the mid-90s through Wednesday, and staying in the 90s through Thursday.
Will records be broken this week? We'll definitely get close.
Here are Cedar Rapids' record highs this week and the year they were achieved:
August 24: 100 degrees, 1947 (Forecast high is 96)
August 25: 97 degrees, 1925 (Forecast high is 96)
August 26: 97 degrees, 1924 (Forecast high is 95)
August 27: 97 degrees, 1995 (Forecast high is 93)
Sunday, August 23, Cedar Rapids reached a high temperature of 92 degrees. The first time this month the temperature has eclipsed 90.
Last week, Death Valley recorded one of the hottest temperatures EVER --- 130*.