After a top 10 hottest July on record, all eyes are on August and if we're going to see to a repeat of the excessive heat. Our average high temperatures peak during the first couple of weeks of August with an average high of 95 degrees between the 4th and 15th of the month. August can be known for triple digit heat too, but after 11 days of that in July we've hopefully seen the worst of the heat summer is going to throw at us this year. Here's a look at a our average August weather and a preview of what the month ahead may hold.
August is on average our hottest month of the year, although temperatures start to back down by the end of the month. We start the month with an average high of 94. The average high climbs to 95 by the 4th before easing back slightly the second half of the month. By the 31st our average high temperature has fallen back to 93.
Overnight lows gradually cool during the month as nights get longer. An average low of 73 on the 1st falls to 70 by the last day of the month.
The all-time record high for Shreveport occurred in August back on the 18th of the month in 1909. That day the temperature soared to a blistering hot 110 degrees. The record low for the month is a much more comfortable 53 set on August 17th, 1992.
August is the driest month of the year with an average rainfall of 2.73 inches. Our wettest August was in 1912 when 10.89 inches of rain was recorded, most of which fell over a two day stretch between the 8th and 9th.
Based on current weather patterns and expected trends our friends at the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center anticipate that August this year could continue the pattern of hotter and drier than average conditions across the ArkLaTex that we've seen the last few months.
There's a medium chance that we'll end up hotter than average for the month as a whole. The chances get even higher to our west across central Texas.
The signal for wetter or drier than average is not as strong as it is for temperatures, but it does look like we may be leaning toward drier than average conditions, especially across the western part of the ArkLaTex which includes eastern Texas.