SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — August is here and that means we’re almost halfway through summer. 22News found people reflecting on summer weather so far.
A mostly bright and warm day across western Massachusetts on Saturday brought many people to Forest Park to enjoy the heat, with less of the humidity after the hottest weather of the year earlier this week.
“July was a bit hot for me, the last couple of days. I’m looking forward to some less humidity. I don’t like humidity. Heat’s not so bad, but the humidity is something that I think wears on us all,”Joan Kavanah told 22News.
So far this summer we’ve still had no heat waves and we’ve only reached the 90s five times in the lower Pioneer Valley. We didn’t reach 90 degrees frequently last year either, only 6 times total.
On average, the hottest part of the year here in western Massachusetts is the second and third weeks of July, but don’t let that fool you. August is typically our second hottest month. Average highs in August are in the low 80s, with overnight lows normally in the upper 50s. There is plenty of heat still to come for those that want more of it.
Sabrina Woodgett of Springfield told 22News, “I’ve been down to Florida during this time of year so it’s really no comparison. I think the New England summer is just perfect. I know that fall is around the corner so I’m just taking it in.”
Slowly, we’re running out of time to take it in. Through the month of August we’ll continue seeing later sunrises and earlier sunsets. By the end of the month, we’ll have almost an hour and a quarter less daylight as the nights get longer.