Chicago - If the month ended as of yesterday, we would have accomplished a fairly rare feat in terms of weather.
As of July 27th, the temperatures for the month are coming in right at average overall. We aren't even a tenth of a degree above or below average. We are exactly at average. The days that have been hotter than average have been balanced by the days that have been cooler than average.
The National Blend of Models long range forecast suggests 6 of the first 7 days of August will be above average. It has us warming up to 92 degrees for Wednesday and Thursday. Other models are suggesting highs could be closer to 100 degrees by the middle of next week.
The 6-10 day outlook has us "likely above" average overall for the period from next Tuesday to the following Saturday.
The 8-14 day outlook also has us "likely above" average overall for the period from next Thursday through the following Wednesday.
There is a lot of tan, orange and red on both of those outlooks.
There are a lot of those same colors on the seasonal temperature outlook that covers August through October.
The vast majority of the country is expected to be above average overall as we end summer and start fall. A small portion of the plains is the only part of the country expected to be near normal. None of the country is forecast to be below normal during the period.