Welcome to August – but don’t expect a warm up.
Following the first below-average July for temperature in five years, the first week of this new month looks to also be running cooler than average, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.
Daily high temperatures are forecast to remain in the mid-70s through at least next Thursday with overnight lows in the lower 60s.
It doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way all month though.
“There’s no definitive pattern for colder or warmer than normal temperatures for the month of August,” said meteorologist Dave Thomas, consulting data from the national Climate Prediction Center in Washington D.C. “We will be starting off on the cool side at the beginning of August.”
There’s a chance of getting back above the 80 degree mark sometime by the middle of the month, forecasters said.
It’s a far cry from the last few years though.
The month of July, as of late Thursday, was running a little more than two degrees below normal for average monthly temperature and close to cracking the Top 25 list for coolest in Buffalo’s recorded weather history, Thomas said.
“It’s significant,” said Thomas, “because the temperatures in the summer, you don’t see a lot of big swings that you usually do during the winter months.”
It’s also the first time since 2009 when the mercury has failed to hit the 90-degree mark this late in the year. Last year, there were three days in July at 90 degrees or above. It happened five times in 2012.