highs_080107.jpgQuick July review: Cool. The average temperature was 75 degrees, a degree-and-a-half below normal and our coolest July since 2004. Wet. 6.89 inches of rain fell, our wettest July since 2004.

Quick August preview: Hot. High temperatures are forecast to be within a couple degrees of 90 each day through Sunday. Today will be the most comfortable of the next several days as we're still on the dry side of a high pressure system that's approaching from the midwest. Conditions are right for a sea breeze to develop this afternoon. The breeze will cool the south facing shore. The sea breeze front may be large enough to produce a few clouds and possibly, but not likely, a brief shower.

As the axis of the high pressure system passes by tomorrow winds will become southerly and the heat and humidity will increase. Friday looks to be the hottest day of the week with a high around 93. That's relatively mild compared to the upper-90s we had a year ago this week. The timing isn't yet clear but a weak cold front is likely to kick off a few showers late in the day on Friday. Saturday and Sunday should remain warm but will lose the high humidity.

Early notice: Our local National Weather Service office, which is located on the Brookhaven National Lab campus on Long Island, is having an open house next weekend.

Map of today's forecast highs showing why people vacation in Cape Cod in August from the National Weather Service.