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Wednesday hot, but not hottest day of summer

It was sweltering in the Decatur area Wednesday as the thermometer reached 93 degrees.

But meteorologist Tim Troutman of the National Weather Service said the temperature was three degrees shy of matching the hottest three days of the summer, when Pryor Field recorded 96 degrees June 17, June 24 and June 29.

“The heat index for Wednesday was only 94,” he said, “because we didn’t have much in the way of winds. Also, the dew point temperature, which really affects the heat index value, was a little lower in the Decatur area at 65 due to a little drier weather.”

Troutman said to expect similar weather conditions into the weekend, with highs in the mid-90s and overnight lows in the lower 70s.

“We have only about a 20 percent chance of afternoon and evening thundershowers Saturday and Sunday, not enough to make much of a difference in the drought conditions we’re experiencing,” he said. “We could see a wide variation of temperatures wherever storms do develop.”

Ronnie Thomas

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