DETROIT (WWJ) – If it has seemed a bit hotter than usual, it’s not just you. July, 2011, will go down as the hottest ever Detroit.
The National Weather Service estimates 79.3 degrees was the average temperature last month, beating the record of 79 degrees set in 1921 and tied in 1955.
There were also 20 days in July on which the temperature reached or exceeded 89 degrees — tying the highest total set in 1955.
And, according to WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Carl Babinski, we came close to breaking a second record. “In terms of rainfall … remember all that rain we got last week? Well, it makes it the second wettest July on record,” he said.
As we begin a new month, look for partly cloudy skies, Monday, with a stray shower or thunderstorm; high 89, low 72. Babinski said we can expect a high of 89 again on Tuesday with a shower or thunderstorm possible overnight and into Wednesday morning.
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Here’s the forecast from the WWJ Weather Team:
Monday– Partly sunny…becoming mostly sunny during the afternoon. Scattered thunderstorms. Highs 91 to 95. West winds 5 to 15 mph…turning to northwest. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Monday Night – Mostly clear…becoming partly cloudy toward daybreak. Lows 70 to 74. West winds 5 to 10 mph…turning to northwest…then becoming light and variable late.
Tuesday – Partly sunny…becoming mostly cloudy during the afternoon. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms through early afternoon…then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 90 to 94. Light and variable winds…becoming southwest 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday Night – Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely mainly before midnight…then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 71 to 75. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy during the morning. Mostly sunny during the afternoon. Highs 84 to 88. North winds 5 to 10 mph…turning to northeast. Lows 64 to 68.
Thursday – Mostly sunny. Highs 86 to 90. Lows 64 to 68.
Friday – Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 86 to 90. Chance of rain 30 percent. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Lows 66 to 70.
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