High temps back

Published 1:21 am Wednesday, July 7, 2010

­Say good-bye to those wonderfully cool weekend temperatures and hello, once again, to the stifling summer heat as temperatures will climb back into the 90s beginning today.

For the past three days, temperatures in Covington County have hovered in the mid-80s, making this Fourth of July holiday one of the balmiest on record.

Today, however, will be a different story as temperatures climb to a predicted high of 94 In the coming days, the high is expected to hover between 94 and 96 degrees.

Beginning Thursday, the chance of rain all but diminishes until the weekend, when forecasters predict between a 20 and 30 percent chance of afternoon showers.

And as such, this year is shaping up to be a wet one, as rainfall totals show the county had received a total of 27.68 inches of rainfall at the end of June.

That figure, which is tabulated by the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority’s flood warning system, is of documented rainfall at the Yellow River Bridge.

June’s rainfall total came in at 3.92 inches; 4.44 in May; 2.32 in April; 3.52 in March; 4.6 in February and 7.76 in January.

That was down from 2009, when the county received 37.12 inches of rain in the same time period. Last year, heavy rainfall in March (14.6 inches) and May (9.04 inches) contributed to the higher total.