I’m sure you noticed that when you went outside this morning that you almost immediately began sweating. Perhaps you even went back inside to take another shower. Yeah, it’s hot, it’s humid, and Waterloo broke a record on Tuesday morning.

The LOW temp on 8/24 was 75*, which breaks a 73-year-old record for the HIGHEST Low temperature in Waterloo. The previous record was 73 set in 1948.


The normal HIGH temperature for mid-to-late August in Waterloo is around 82*.

August has featured six days of at least 90* compared to eight days at that threshold in 2020. Overall, Waterloo has seen 31 days reach at least 90* this year compared to 29 in 2020.

Iowa environmental Mesonet
Iowa Environmental Mesonet

The 31 days at or above 90* is well above normal days per year of 21, but well below the all-time record of 60 days of at least 90*, set in 1934. The summer of 1934 featured 19 days of at least 100*. Yikes.

When will the heat end? Well, in 2020 the final day to reach at least 90* wasn't until September 6 --- the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, when it reached a toasty 91*. The following day -- Labor Day -- the high only reached 69*.

I'm not a fan of humidity, but I think we can all agree that once we have high temps in the 20s in a few months, we'll all be missing these hot August days.

On average, November 20th is the first day of the year in Waterloo where the high temperature will fail to reach at least 32*. You've been warned. :)

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