Auburn records heat record for second day in a row, but relief is in sight

Auburn set a record for high temperatures for the second straight day Sunday when the thermometer reached 99 degrees.

“There was a real strong upper-level ridge sitting over us,”meteorologist Dave Eastlack of the National Weather Service in Valley said. “Everything was just primed for a real strong warmup.”

Relief from the heat could begin as early as Monday night, when thunderstorms are expected to move in, Eastlack said. The high Monday is predicted to be 96 degrees.

“We are expecting thunderstorm chances Monday night and into Tuesday,” he said. “The temperature Tuesday will be in the upper 80s, and we could be in the mid-80s Wednesday afternoon, with the clouds clearing away.”

In contrast, on this date in 1992 the temp dropped to 32 degrees, the latest freeze on record.