Naples ties July 9 heat record

Posted: Jul 09, 2018 5:41 PM Updated:

The city of Naples hit a scorching high of 96 degrees this afternoon, tying the record high temperature for July 9.  
 
The last time Naples hit 96 degrees on today's date was in 2004.  
 
Today's weather in Naples had no rainfall through late afternoon and a slow start to the Gulf of Mexico sea breeze. The sea breeze is a small scale weather front developing because of the temperature contrast between land and water.  Since land heats up faster than water, air from over the Gulf of Mexico moves eastward to replace the upward moving motion of air over land. The movement triggers an onshore push of air which oftentimes caps or cools off coastal locations considerably compared to inland locations where the sea breeze does not reach.    
 
The late arrival of today's sea breeze combined with prevailing winds out of the east and northeast allowed temperatures to warm above the seasonable normal for this time of year. Normally in early July the city's afternoon temperature peaks at 91 degrees.  
 
With ample humidity in place this afternoon, feel-like heat index values in Naples topped out at 109 degrees.  
 
Official temperature readings are monitored by the National Weather Service at Naples Municipal Airport. Consistent daily temperature readings have been kept in the city since 1943.  
 
Chief Meteorologist Allyson Rae has details on Tuesday's temperature forecast tonight at 11 p.m. on NBC2 News.