August brings shorter days and slightly cooler temperatures on average

It’s been feeling far from the Dog Days of Summer and we finish up July on a “cool” note. The past 6 consecutive days have had cooler than average temperatures. As we launch into August, the forecast calls for more seasonable temperatures in the upper 80s. But, what can we typically expect? July is on average the hottest month of the summer. If you love the summer daylight and heat, I am sorry to tell you that the days are getting shorter and we have fewer minutes of sunshine heating the earth each day. In fact, as of this writing, we have lost 41 minutes of daylight since the solstice on June 21st. Sunrise now is at 6:08 a.m. and sunset is at 8:21p.m. Naturally our average temperatures drop just a bit.

August Averages- National Weather Service

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The average high on August 1st is 88 degrees. By the 31st, it drops to 84. Still, warm. Average lows range from 71 on the 1st to 68 at month’s end. The hottest temperature ever recorded in August was 106 degrees in 1918, while the coolest temperature recorded was 49 degrees in 1890. Those are long standing records! As for rainfall, we typically see a slight dip from the wettest month of May to an average of 2.93” (of course, we are in hurricane season and one tropical storm can top that total in a day). We could stand to have less rain around here for now. Since June first, we have a surplus of more than seven inches. Hope you enjoy the last month of summer.

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