By Jayson Jacoby
July is scarcely a week old but it already has surpassed its immediate predecessor, thermally speaking.
The temperature reached at least 90 degrees on four of the first eight days this month.
July 2011 was comparatively tepid, with just two 90-degree days the whole of the month.
The average number of 90-degree (or hotter) days in July is 10.
If the National Weather Service's forecast proves accurate, then Baker City could come close to reaching that average before July is half gone.
The Weather Service predicts a high temperature today of 97, followed by highs of 91, 94, 96 and 93.
That would make eight straight 90-degree days, and rank the current heat wave as perhaps the most severe here since July 2007.
In that month the temperature topped 90 on 10 consecutive days, July 9-18.
July 2007 was the second-hottest on record at the airport, with an average high of 91.4 degrees.
(The July average, by the way, is 84.9 degrees.)
A measure of refreshing relief could be coming.
A thundershower is possible any day this week, although the probability is higher today and Tuesday.
And the Weather Service forecasts highs in the mid- 80s over the weekend.