By DENISE GRANT
Most of Ohio is under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Saturday: excessive heat, but not record-breaking heat in Findlay.
According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures today and Saturday will reach well into the 90s. WTOL meteorologist Robert Shiels is predicting that Findlay’s high will be right at 100 degrees both days.
Combine the high temperatures with high humidity, and it will feel even hotter. The “heat index” could hit 110 degrees.
Findlay’s temperature records won’t be broken, though, because the city’s record highs for July 18 through July 22 are all above 100 degrees.
The city’s records are:
• July 18: 102 degrees, set in 1921
• July 19: 104 degrees, set in 1932
• July 20: 107 in 1934
• July 21: 105 in 1934
• July 22: 107 in 1918
While it’s rare for the temperature to top 100 degrees in northwestern Ohio, June and July are typically the months when records are set.
The hottest temperature ever recorded by the Findlay Water Pollution Control Center was a scorching 109 degrees, set during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. That record temperature was recorded on July 24, 1934.
The center has maintained Findlay’s weather records since 1894.
July 1934 was a hot one. On July 20, 1934, the high temperature for the day was recorded at 107 degrees, followed by another record-high temperature of 105 degrees on the next day, July 21, 1934.
On July 22, 1918, the high temperature hit the 107-degree mark.
The record high for today was set in 1932, at 104 degrees.
According to the center’s records, the last Findlay day of 100 degrees or more was seven years ago. The center recorded a temperature of 102 degrees on June 28, 2012, and then two consecutive days when the temperature hit a high of 100 degrees on July 6 and 7, 2012.
Prior to that, Center Superintendent David Beach said, the summer of 1988 had two days that topped 100 degrees. A high temperature of 104 degrees was recorded on June 25, 1988, and a high of 101 was recorded on July 7, 1988.