We sweated through the hottest July on record


We’ve got a few hours left in this month, but it looks like this July will be the warmest July on record.

According to the NWS, the average high temperature in Bridgeport this month was 78.8 degrees. That tops the 78.4 degrees set in 1994.

We can thank that week-long heat wave in mid-July for helping us to reach that new record. High humidity pushed the heat index as high as 105 degrees  Aside from being massively uncomfortable, the heat caused a variety of health problems, including heat stroke, which occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature and is unable to cool down. It can cause death or permanent disability.

According to wxedge.com, July has been a month for the record books, literally. “Bridgeport has recorded 11 days in which the temperature has reached 90 or above. We have already seen two separate heat waves. The first started on July 5th and lasted 4 days ending on July 8th. The second heat wave began on July 14th and lasted a historic 7 days ending on July 20th. This marks the longest ever heat wave for Bridgeport, CT.”

The warmest temperature recorded this month was on July 16 when it hit 95 degrees in Bridgeport.

Another delightful day in store for us today as we continue to enjoy the peak of summer.

Today, it’s going to be sunny with temperatures in the 80s and a very slight chance of showers.

And it will be another comfortable night to keep the windows open with temperatures in the 60s.

Thursday it will could be a different story with the increased possibility of some rain. “From Thursday afternoon through Thursday night,” the National Weather Service says, “the development of showers and thunderstorms is forecast to lead to heavy rain across the region. There is the potential for localized flooding or low-lying poor drainage and urban areas.” Read the full discussion here.

But by Friday morning, a cold front and any lingering showers is expected to move out.

Here’s the forecast for the today and beyond:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Thursday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 3am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 67. South wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. West wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

And what about the weekend?

At this point, it’s looking sweet with mostly sunny skies and temps in the 80s. Then again, we’ve been told that before and got rained on.

On Long Island Sound

Northwest winds around 5 knots, becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less.

Tides: High around 7 a.m. and around 7:30 p.m.; low around 1:30 p.m.

Water temperature: 73.9 degrees.

UV index: 8 (very high)

Air quality: Good.



Jim Shay