OTTUMWA — Today is likely to be the hottest day of 2013 in Ottumwa, but it probably won't hit a record.
The National Weather Service has predicted a high temperature for Friday of 101, the first time since last summer it has predicted triple-digit temperatures for the area. But the record for August 30 is even hotter: 104.
How hot is it? Saturday's predicted high of 90 sounds comparatively cool. The 80 degree forecast high for Labor Day sounds downright cool.
If the forecast holds true, it will be the first time Ottumwa has hit 100 degrees in 402 days. Temperatures topped the century mark five times in July 2012, with the last on July 25, when it hit 104.
August will go down as being notable for another reason: An almost complete lack of rain. With no realistic chances left, Ottumwa saw significant rain only on Aug. 6-7. There has been no measurable precipitation since Aug. 7 and no precipitation of any sort since Aug. 12.
August 2013 will conclude with 0.96 inches of rainfall. That's more than two inches less than in 2012 and only one-fifth of the month's average.