Well, we endured our latest hot spell with the usual angst about how miserable it feels outside (accentuated in part by me and my media cohorts). There’s no doubt it’s been hot the past couple of days (Aug. 9, 10), but when you step back and look at this relative to summer heat we’ve experienced so frequently around here before, it’s far from extreme.
The high temperature of 98 Monday might even be considered mild in an otherwise “normal” Richmond summer, one where we would have typically seen at least several days this hot or hotter by this point in the season. The heat index wasn’t even absurdly high for much of the area, topping out sub-105, below that “advisory” threshold.
A quick fact check of the records also reveals that it was much hotter during these dog-days 109 years ago (surprised?). It was the summer of 1900 when Richmond hit five days of record-shattering heat, three of those in August, two in early September. Our all-time hottest day occurred 18 years later, on August 6, 1918, when the actual temperature sizzled to 107, not counting any heat index!
Posted by Jim Duncan