August Outlook: Heat and storm chances return to Michiana soon

August Outlook: Heat and storm chances return to Michiana soon

Michiana's weather couldn't be more pleasant to start August and to begin the Best Week Ever in South Bend.

Enjoy the comfortable temperatures and low humidity while you can, however, because changes arrive by the weekend.

The month of August looks to be warm and a bit rainy for Michiana, according to the latest outlooks issued by the Climate Prediction Center.

The heat returns in full by the time we start the second week of the month, with a virtual assurance of above normal temperatures for Michiana. 

That will mean enjoying some ice cream outside will be a challenge as highs approach 90 degrees!

The number of "extreme heat events" in South Bend are also likely to increase by early next week. Our count is already up to 32, but we've only had 6 days of 90-degree heat so far. The amount of dangerously warm nights so far this summer (26!) is on a near-record pace.

Rain will likely leave Michiana alone for the first week of August, but then try to return by the middle of next week. So far, South Bend has experienced a top-5 wet summer, with over a foot of rain falling throughout the first 2 months of the (meteorological) season.

However, breaking that number down reveals the "feast-or-famine" nature of our summer rainfall. The first third of summer was fairly normal, the middle third was historically wet, and the last three weeks have been rather dry.

There is a medium chance of above-normal precipitation for the middle of August. Overall, the month looks to finish with just above-normal rainfall (4").

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