2016 Heat continues to break records

2016 Heat continues to break records

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Mid-South continues to suffer from a relentless heat wave with temperatures reaching near 100 degrees each afternoon. Although temperatures have been shockingly warm in the southeast this week, this is hardly a new concept for 2016.

So far this year, Memphis has seen 45 days with temperatures at or above 90 degrees and we aren't looking at a day below 90 for at least the next few weeks. Although the average high in July is 92 degrees, our temperatures have been running 3-7 degrees above that since the end of June.

In June, the First Alert Weather Team hinted to the Mid-South having an abnormally warm July and that is exactly how it has been trending over the past few weeks. At this point, this is on track to be the seventh warmest July on record in Memphis.

The global surface temperatures have so far set records for each month of 2016 and this marks the warmest half year global temperature since records began in 1880. This means that the above average temperatures have been felt across the world and not just here in the Mid-South.

One possible reason for the heat is this past winter's El Nino pattern, which caused abnormally warm weather across the globe. However, the global pattern has transitioned out of El Nino and the temperatures still remain high.

AUGUST OUTLOOK: Looking ahead to next month, temperatures are still expected to run above average for the month. However, the heat is not expected to be as pronounced as in July. Temperatures will be much closer to average in August with highs around 90 to 93 degrees most days.

Brittney Bryant
WMC Action News 5 Meteorologist
First Alert Storm Tracking Team
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