OTTUMWA — By this time of year, temperatures are usually starting to ease back toward fall. It can't be any surprise, though, that Mother Nature didn't get the memo in what has been a weird year for weather.
Forecast highs this week will run near 90 most days. That's well above the 83 degree average for southeast Iowa from August 19-24. And it comes after a long stretch of below average temperatures.
If the forecast holds, this will be the first sustained heat in the area since the third week of July, when temperatures briefly rose into the upper 90s. The National Weather Service says the temperatures should be above normal through at least next Sunday.
Not surprisingly, there's little chance of rain anytime in the forecast. In Ottumwa, that means falling further behind the August average for rainfall. Less than an inch has fallen so far this month, and nothing measurable since Aug. 7.
While it's going to feel hot, take comfort in this: We're not going to be anywhere near the all-time records. The highest temperature ever recorded on Aug. 19 in Ottumwa was 106, set back in 1913.