90-degree streak hits record 20 straight

Friday, August 5, 2011

We hate to sound like a broken record, but Hoosiers can finally take some satisfaction in enduring all this summer 2011 heat.

Just after 5 p.m. Friday, the mercury topped the 90-degree mark at Indianapolis, the National Weather Service reported.

That made it a record 20 straight days of 90-degree or better temperatures in Central Indiana.

On Thursday, Central Indiana had tied the previous record of 19 days set in the blistering hot August of 1936.

For most of the day on Friday, it looked as though a tie was all the summer of 2011 was going to get out of all the oppressive heat and humidity of July and August.

Consistent cloud cover over Indiana had made the chance of breaking the record doubtful earlier in the day on Friday. But the sun broke through late in the afternoon, and at 5:08 p.m. the NWS officially recorded the temperature at 90 degrees.

Meteorologists say temperatures will be in the 85-90 range again Saturday with a chance for rain this weekend.

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