Hot temps in Jamestown but no new records

Warm weather forecast to continue for the next few days in Jamestown before a possible break in the heat.

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City crews water a young tree Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

There is one factor that is giving residents a slight break in the hot weather in the area, according to Jeff Schild, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

"Smoke and haze does have an effect," he said. "It could shave off a couple of degrees from any high temperature."

Schild said the hottest day of the year across North Dakota including Jamestown could be Tuesday, July 27, with a forecasted high for Jamestown of 96 degrees.

Even if the high is a few degrees lower due to smoke and haze, it is nowhere near the record of 107 degrees in 1936.

In fact, the whole hot month of July 2021 has lagged well behind July 1936, according to Daryl Ritchison, director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network.


"It is almost impossible to beat 1936 for the record month of July, but well above normal for sure," he said.

Ritchison said the average temperature for the first 25 days of July was 74.1 degrees. The month of July 1936 averaged 83.7 degrees. While the warm days at the end of this July will increase the average for the month, it will likely fall somewhere in the top 10 for warmest Julys on record in Jamestown.

Schild said breaks in the hot weather are only slightly possible through the middle of the week.

"There is a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast Tuesday and Thursday," he said. "They will be few and far between with a low chance of precipitation."

But on Thursday, the high temperature is forecast to be just 87 degrees.

"It sounds comical to say we will cool down to the upper 80s but that is what we will be doing," he said.

Even the 87-degree high on Thursday will be 5 degrees above the normal high temperature this time of year in Jamestown, Schild said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration long-term forecast for August, September and October in North Dakota shows a 50% chance of above-normal temperatures continuing for the next three months.


The state also has about a 30% chance of continuing below-average precipitation for the next three months.

Jamestown has received 0.18 inches of precipitation so far during the month of July below the average of 3.03 inches. Since the first of the year, Jamestown has received 5.04 inches or about 7 inches less than the normal of 12.27 inches of moisture.

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