We’re on track for an August average temperature of 88.1 F. There’s still time for it to change by a few tenths, but not only will we shatter the previous August record (by over 2 F), but we’ll also break the all-time record for warmest month by about 1 F. The all-time record, by the way, was set just last month.
The good news is that the weather pattern seems to be breaking down and tropical thunderstorms seem likely to move in by the end of the week. This will bring temperatures back down to closer to normal for this time of year, and hopefully start making a little dent in the drought.
The bad news is that a few inches of rain isn’t going to make a huge difference. It’s been so dry that we need above-average rainfall in September just to avoid setting another record: driest 12 consecutive months on record.