Our August weather may not be what you expect

Posted at 9:37 PM, Aug 01, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- Could the dog days of summer be behind us? 

Typically, the end of July is right up there with our hottest time of year, but it seems we're catching a break this year because our last 90-degree day was July 20th.

Of course, we still have August ahead of us, and we all know how hot and dry the month can be in central Indiana. 

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center doesn't provide much insight on temperatures, but they're calling for "equal chances" of near, below or above average temperatures. 

Digging a little deeper, the first full week of August looks to bring near to above average temperatures, but that warm start could be offset by an active month.

In August, we tend to see a drop in our rainfall levels compared to the wetter months of May, June and July. 

Our average August rainfall is just over three inches. 

That said, the outlook from the Climate Prediction Center calls for above average rainfall as well, and if that holds true, it seems we may have dodged drought conditions thanks to a soggy end to July.

One other note for August is how much daylight we lose. 

By the end of the month, the sun won't rise until after 7 a.m. while sunset creeps closer to 8 p.m.

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