A break Sunday in the summer’s extremely hot weather ended a nearly seven-week stretch of the temperature hitting 90 degrees or above every day in New Orleans.
Saturday marked the 48th straight day that the high temperature at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, where New Orleans’ official temperature is taken, was 90 degrees or above.
Had the thermometer hit 90 on Sunday, it would have tied for the second-longest streak of weather that hot in New Orleans, according to the National Weather Service. But the temperature topped out at 89 degrees at the airport before dropping by more than 10 degrees as clouds moved in. By late Sunday afternoon, the air was a relatively cool 77 degrees.
The record streak of the thermometer hitting 90 or above at the airport was 51 days, which ended on Aug. 20, 1962. The second-longest streak was 49 days, which ended on Sept. 2, 1993, according to meteorologist Danielle Manning.
“It looks like we will finish this run at 48 days, making it the third-longest stretch,” Manning said.
She said the temperature likely won’t climb back up to 90 degrees until Tuesday.
Forecasts showed the predicted high for Monday to be 88 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms and showers are predicted to fall in the area through Tuesday.