The heat wave that ended on Friday featured three consecutive highs of 95 degrees or higher...definitely a legit, honest-to-goodness heat wave. This wasn't a cheapy shot of heat and modest humidity, it was one of those old fashioned summer heat waves that did a number on local roads and drenched us in sweat.
In terms of three day heat waves, it was also one of the most intense. Our Heat Wave Index (HWX for short) was developed to measure the cumulative impact of heat over a stretch of 90 degree days. Our index takes the daily progressive heat impact (the measure of intensity, duration, shock value, and overnight lows) and combines that over the run of a heat wave to give us a measure of how "bad" the heat really was.
Talk about a true shock to the system!
While this most recent heat wave did not bring a 100 degree day, it was certainly a noted change from the cool regime of a few days prior when temperatures were in the lower half of the 70's.