Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
August gets off to a toasty start with a high temperature today of 88 degrees under mostly sunny skies.
High pressure is building into Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky behind a cool front pushing off to the south, making humidity levels slightly lower, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The overnight low will fall to a comfortable 63 degrees.
Thursday and Friday will be a near carbon copy of today, but the mercury will push the temperature to 93 degrees both days.
By Friday night, the chance for showers and thunderstorms will move in and stick around through the weekend.
Highs will be in the upper 80s with overnight lows in the 70s and upper 60s.
July ended with the monthly rainfall total falling nearly 2 inches below normal, said meteorologist Steve Rhebenach. Just 1.83 inches were recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Normally, we see 3.76 inches.
Overall this year, 20.66 inches of rain has been recorded, nearly 6 inches below the 26.38 inches that typically already has fallen by this time of year, he said.