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Area sees fifth hottest summer on record so far

It’s been a summer more conducive for seeking shelter from the sun or soaking in a pool as hot, sultry days bake the area.

Just how warm has it been?

National Weather Service Forecaster Steve Travis said it’s the fifth hottest summer on record thus far.

Monday is just an example of how hot with the 100 degree-temperature setting a record for July 27.

The warmth of mid-summer will remain into the weekend, although temperatures can be expected to feel a bit more comfortable than in recent days.

Sunny skies with a chance of rain will mark the days through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

“A front is coming through with a little drop in temperatures and humidity,” Travis said.

Today is expected to be partly sunny with a high of about 89 degrees and a 30 percent chance of rain.

Rainfall amounts would measure less than a tenth of an inch unless accompanied by thunderstorms.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain and a high of 87.

The temperature will fall overnight to 63 degrees.

For the weekend, which will usher in the month of August, there will be a chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday with the greater possibility of rainfall being Sunday.

Otherwise, it will be partly to mostly sunny with high temperatures in the mid-80s.

Overnight lows will be in the mid to high 60s.

Monday will be partly sunny with a chance of rain and a high of 84.

Tuesday will be a bit cooler with a high of just 82. There is a 40 percent chance of rain.

The long-term forecast for coming weeks, Travis said, calls for near-normal temperatures and perhaps a bit more rain than usual.

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