Tuesday's heat shatters record, but relief coming next week

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 5:39 p.m. CDT; updated 10:06 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Jerry Nole, 9, and his family tried to cool off at Stephens Lake Park on Tuesday. His family spends most days at the lake but said they hadn't been the past few days because even the lake water had been too hot to provide relief.

Tuesday's high temperature has been officially updated to 108, not 107. This story was updated at 6:49 p.m.

COLUMBIA — August has never looked cooler.

The excessive heat warning that has been in effect since July 16 is set to expire Wednesday at 7 p.m., and the end couldn’t have come at a better time — Tuesday’s high of 108 degrees set a new record for Columbia, breaking the 1991 record of 104.

The change in temperature won’t be apparent at first, said Butch Dye of the National Weather Service in St. Louis. Although the heat index will no longer meet the criteria for an excessive heat warning, it will remain above 100 degrees. Temperatures will stay above 90 degrees.

The real change will occur after the weekend. The forecast for the beginning of next week shows high temperatures topping out in the middle 80s and overnight low temperatures in the 60s.

According to the National Weather Service, the decrease in temperature will come with rain. There is a chance for thunderstorms all weekend.


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Mark Yount August 3, 2011 | 8:18 a.m.

It would be nice if this story had mentioned what the previous record high temperature was.

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Delcia Crockett August 3, 2011 | 9:03 a.m.

"We have set a new record high for August 2nd. 105 at about 3 pm breaks the old record of 104 set in 1991. Remember the KOMU8 Fan Club. 17 hours ago..."


Tip: A reader does not have to tweet to get this info; it is on the weather page on the KOMU site. Anything in the Missourian, can be linked in, at any time at KOMU for further info, or other way around, from KOMU to Missourian though it is good to check both sites, in case one has included some news that the other has not - and VOX is also a great site to check out each day, if/when you do not get the home delivery of the Missourian. We get the home delivery, but we also often check out the online and find this very helpful in keeping up with facts and current conditions/events.

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Laura Johnston August 3, 2011 | 10:20 a.m.

@Mark: We've updated the story to say that the previous record high temperature was 104 set in 1991.

-Laura Johnston, Columbia Missourian

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