There’s a saying that no matter how bad the weather is, it’s been worse before. And that’s true with this current heat wave we’re in. Even though we’ve crossed 100 each of the last two days in Roanoke, reaching 101 today, it has truly been worse here before, in duration, in intensity, or both.
* 1953: It was 100 for 3 days in a row to end July (July 29-31, with a 101 on July 31) and 4 days in a row to end August and begin September (Aug. 29-Sept. 1, with 101 on Sept. 1)
* 1977: A record 8 days of 100-degree heat for the summer, with 3 straight from July 6-8 and a record 5 straight from July 17-21, peaking at 102 on July 18 and July 20. What’s more, there were 4 days at 99 (3 straight from Aug. 6-8) and 5 days at 97 that summer, including a 4-day stretch of 97-99-97-97 from July 13-16, leading into the July 17-21 run of 100s.
*1983: 3 murderously hot days from Aug. 20-22 at 104, 105, and 104. The 105 stands as Roanoke’s all-time record high temperature.
So while we still have a chance at our first three-peat of triple-digit heat since 1983 on Friday, it doesn’t look likely that this current heat wave will match the ones listed above.