Summer vacation has ended for Baker students but summer most certainly has not.
In fact the new school year that started this morning arrived one day after the hottest day of what’s been one of the hottest, driest summers in the past 75 years in Baker City.
The temperature Sunday topped out at 101 degrees at the Baker City Airport.
That broke the old record for Aug. 27 of 96 degrees, set in 1999. That might not be the only record set this week.
Tuesday’s forecast high temperature of 96 degrees would break the Aug. 29 record of 95 set in 1999.
Students will swelter as they return to their classrooms, most of which lack air conditioning.
“Kids and staff adjust to the weather and do the best they can,” Baker Schools Superintendent Mark Witty said this morning.
Kindergartners at Brooklyn Elementary are among the fortunate students — their classrooms are in modular buildings that are equipped with air conditioners.
Daily temperature records aren’t the only ones in jeopardy this week.
If the National Weather Service’s forecasts for high temperatures today through Thursday are accurate, this August will tie 2001 as the hottest on record at the airport at least since 1943, the first year for which monthly records are available.
The average high temperature in August 2001 was 91.2 degrees. The long-term average for August is 84.4.
And August was hardly an outlier — July was also much warmer than usual, ranking as the 10th-hottest on record with an average high of 89.6 degrees.
See more in the Aug. 28, 2017, issue of the Baker City Herald.