No, you weren’t imagining things. The last two weeks in Boise have been historically toasty.
The average daily high temperature from July 1-16 was 98.4 degrees, according to information released by the Boise National Weather Service. That ranked as the third-highest temperature average over that span, trailing 2007 (99.6) and 2014 (98.7). The summer period, beginning on June 1, is the seventh-warmest on record.
The hottest day during the period was July 8, when it reached 104 degrees.
“We knew it was going to be warm,” Boise National Weather Service meteorologist Korri Anderson said. “It’s been record warmth down toward Las Vegas and even Salt Lake City.”
The increased temperatures are due to high pressure areas over the desert and southwest regions, according to Anderson. When that pressure expands north, Idaho pays the price.
“We’ve been on the edge of it,” Anderson said. “We didn’t even get the worst of it.”
While the last few days have been cooler, Anderson said he expects it to warm back up again shortly.
“We’re going to stay in the low- to mid-90s this week and warm up at the end of the weekend,” Anderson said. “We might be near 100 again on Monday.”