How many 90-degree days we've racked up

Are we on pace for a record summer?
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Posted at 8:56 AM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 11:16:53-04

CINCINNATI -- There is one thing you can't deny in the Tri-State this summer: It's hot!

May was a record-breaking month for us, with the warmest temperatures on record. Heat is obviously up to your own comfort standards, so we use the 90-degree mark to label our truly hot days.

So how many 90-degree days have we racked up -- and how does this compare to a "normal" summer?

How many 90-degree days have we had so far?

We have already picked up 13 days at 90 degrees or warmer this year. There were three in May, nine in June and one already in July.

We'll pick up a few more this week.

How many 90-degree days did we have last year?

We only had 11 days at 90 or warmer last year. So this year has already outpaced the summer of 2017.

And 2016?

The summer of 2016 was noteworthy when you look at heat. We saw 29 days at 90 or higher. 

So what does all of this really mean?

What is means is that we are actually experiencing a true summer here in the Tri-State. July is also projected to bring above average temperatures for the Ohio Valley.

If you look at climatology, we average about 20 days per year at 90 or warmer. This should easily be achieved this year.

And if these heat waves continue, we would end up above average.

If you look at the fact that we just started July and have August and September to get through, we'll probably end up with more than 20 days at 90 or higher this year. 

We are already outpacing the summer of 2016, so time will tell where we end up. 

But if you've found yourself saying, "Gosh, it feels like it's been a hot summer," you are indeed correct.