The National Weather Service says we are about to endure a hot spell with high temperatures surpassing 90 degrees and heat indexes sometimes around 100 degrees or above. The local forecast predicts high temperatures of 91 to 94 degrees from today (Friday) through Thursday of next week. But that’s not near as warm as the hottest stretch in Newton History….85 years ago. 17 of Newton’s 31 record High temperatures for July were set in 1936. That includes 15 straight record Highs from July 3rd through the 17th. All but one of those record highs were 100 or above. The lone exception, a July 3rd record High of 99. National Weather Service meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff says many Iowa communities had their all-time steamiest summer 85 years ago.
The heat was not the only issue that year.
Even with today’s modern conveniences of air conditioning in homes and vehicles, hot weather remains the number-one weather killer in the state…surpassing lightning, flooding, tornadoes or anything else. Hagenhoff notes the summer of 1936 was exceptionally deadly.
For information on safely dealing with hot weather, go to the National Weather Service website. Under the Safety heading, click on the word “Heat” in the drop-down menu.