How Long Has It Been Since The Quad Cities Had A 100 Degree Day?
There is no denying that it's hot out there. Both Iowa and Illinois are being plagued with heat index temperatures well over 100° and air temperatures in the mid to upper 90s. It's hard to escape the heat and the humidity isn't helping either.
But when is the last time the Quad Cities metro saw air temperatures over 100°? It's been quite a while. And this heat couldn't come at a worse time as bicyclists ride across Iowa during the 50th RAGBRAI that ends in Davenport.
Whether we reach 100° for the first time in over a decade or not, it's still super hot outside. You need to make sure you're staying cool, hydrated, and out of the heat.
Excessive Heat Warning For The Quad Cities
The National Weather Service of the Quad Cities has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for most counties in the QCA. According to officials, we are going to see dangerously hot conditions today and Friday with heat indices values between 105-115°(hotter towards the south).
- Drink your water. The Red Cross recommends avoiding caffeine and alcohol but that's not realistic for everyone so just make sure you balance it all out with water.
- Check on family, neighbors, and friends who don't have air conditioning and/or live alone.
- If you don't have air conditioning, spend time in public places that do during the hottest part of the day. That includes the library, malls, theaters, etc.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes. Don't go from a really, really cold place straight out into the heat.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb the sun's rays.
- Stay indoors and avoid hard workouts
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- If you have to work outdoors, tag-team with someone so you can switch off taking breaks.
- Make sure your animals have plenty of cool water and shade.
Here is how to know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
When Will It Get Cooler?
Tired of sweating or burning yourself on your seatbelt buckle? This extreme heat wave is almost over, but we'll still see highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s next week.
Our friends at the KWQC First Alert Weather Center and the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities say that we'll get out of the heat dome starting on Saturday. Here is your forecast through Monday:
- Sunny and hot, with a high near 97°. Heat index values as high as 109°.
- Sunny and hot, with a high near 100°. Heat index values as high as 114°.
- Saturday - Bix-BRAI
- Mostly sunny, with a high near 89°.
- Sunny, with a high near 87°.
- Mostly sunny, with a high near 86°.
It's Been 11 Years Since The Quad Cities Saw 100°
As you can see above, Friday has the best potential for air temperature to reach triple digits for the first time in over a decade.
Meteorologist Kyle Kiel with the KWQC First Alert Weather team said that Tuesday, July 25th marked 11 years since we saw highs at or above 100°. To be exact, back on July 25, 2012, the high reached 102°.
Could Friday be the day we reach the 100s for the first time in a long time? Honestly, I hope it's not.