BISMARCK – The month of July 2016 will go into the records as one of the hottest in recent memory, as the National Weather Service issues a warning for the region: “The result will be dangerously hot and humid conditions across a large portion of the nation, including the Upper Midwest. The ridge is expected to be one of the strongest on record. As a result, this may be one of the worst heat waves in the last few decades.”
Temps in Western North Dakota have consistently hit 100, with humidity above and beyond normal comfort levels. Communities close to Lake Sakakawea, such as Beulah, Hazen, Garrison, and Pick City have been the epicenter for this bizarre weather pattern.
Though Western North Dakota will feel more of a dry heat, the Eastern part of the state will have more humidity. Some relief may hit central North Dakota, that will come in the way of temperatures dropping into the 90s to mid 80s, and even scattered showers.
Farmers, and Ranchers in the region are concerned by this bi-polar weather activity, keeping an eye on deep soil temperature readings, and extra protection for livestock.
This Weather for the central and northern Plains, will continue on into early to mid August according to the NWS.