Heat Hits as Drought Worsens

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July 25, 2022 Submitted by Meteorologist Michael Page

For nearly a week, Hingham's high temperature has soared past 90 degrees, even approaching 100 this weekend.

The 6-day heat wave rivals the town's longest stretches of 90+ days, since records began in the 1950s.

In both 2002 and 2016, Hingham baked over 90 degrees for 8 consecutive days.

As the heat intensified this week, so did the drought.

The northern half of Hingham and Cohasset moved into "Severe" Drought this week, while southern Hingham and Cohasset remained in "Moderate" Drought.

Drought is measured on a scale that moves from Moderate to Severe to Extreme to Exceptional.

In the Severe Drought area rainfall deficits are now approaching 6" over the last 3 months, while the Moderate Drought area is closer to a 5" deficit from normal.

The Weir River Water System implemented mandatory outdoor water restrictions in response to the lack of meaningful rain, only allowing outdoor watering on one day per week.

While scattered storms will break the heat wave on Monday, ushering less humid air Tuesday, no drought busting rain is in the forecast.

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