DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) – The National Weather Service of Mobile has confirmed that 2022 has been a banner year for Okaloosa County weather, record-breaking heat that the WKRG First Alert Storm team has been tracking all week.
The hottest day in recorded history was June 18, 2022, at 102 degrees.
NWS Mobile said Destin and Fort Walton Beach’s weather history does not go as far back as Mobile and Pensacola, dating back to 1996.
NWS Mobile meteorologist in charge Jason Beaman said there are two more days that reached 100 degrees. September 5, 2019and August 23, 2014.
“These are the only three times since the mid-1990s that Destin has recorded a temperature of 100 degrees or more.”
Meteorologist Jason Beaman, NWS Mobile
Forecast for the first week of summer
Beaman said the first week of summer was hot all along the Gulf Coast.
Forecasters expect Destin to hit 97 degrees on Wednesday and 99 degrees on Thursday.
“We could have almost 100 tomorrow,” Beaman said. “Obviously with the highest forecast of 99, it could definitely be 100 degrees.”
Temperatures will remain in the mid-90s for the weekend in Destin. Interior portions of Okaloosa County will remain warmer* into the upper 90s.
“Just because being closer to the coast the little sea breeze will keep them relatively cooler, it will still be warm in the 90s, but it looks like we’re going to hit 100 degrees,” Beaman said.
Heat Index vs Temperature
While the thermometer reads 99 degrees for Thursday’s forecast, the heat index will be near 110 degrees. Days will feel between 105 and 110 degrees heading into the weekend.
Beaman said the higher humidity was causing an unusual heat streak for coastal communities.
“For the Destin area and tomorrow, the heat indices will likely be around 110 degrees. So yes, even if the actual air temperatures are a few degrees lower, this humidity more than compensates and produces very dangerous heat indices.
NWS Mobile predicts 4 straight days of 100 degree and warmer temperatures for interior areas of Okaloosa County.
Beaman said footage like that is rare in the area.
La Nina and the heat
2022 is a La Nina year. Beaman said pressure changes in early summer can cause temperatures to rise.
“What it’s doing here, especially in late spring or mid-late spring and early summer, we kind of get drier than normal in our area where you know that the jet stream doesn’t give us those daily showers and thunderstorm chances that allow the high pressure to build more semi-permanently in the area and persist,” Beaman said.
Beaman said El Nino years can produce similar heat numbers.
NWS Beat the Heat tips
Beaman said with master warnings in place for the coast, heat stress can quickly become an issue.
- Take frequent breaks
- Stay hydrated
- Check on elderly neighbors