August Hasn’t Been That Hot In Kentucky So Far

Most of us think of August as an extremely hot month that is best spent next to the pool. That has not been the case for most of the Commonwealth so far this year.


What You Need To Know

  • Many cities in Kentucky have seen below average temps this month
  • The number of 90-degree days is far fewer than what we saw in 2019
  • The forecast calls for above-average temps to end the month

In fact, our four largest cities that keep climate data have all come in below normal for daytime highs so far this month. Here is a look at what is considered a normal high temperature for the middle of August.

The average high temperature in Louisville between August 1st and August 20th was only 86.1 degrees, several degrees below the normal high of 89 degrees. In fact, the warmest temperature Louisville has measured this month so far is 90 degrees, which was only reached twice.

That is nothing compared to the first 20 days of August in 2019 when Louisville had highs in the 90s 17 times, as you can see below.

The average high temperature in Lexington through August 20th was only 83.7 degrees, a bit below the normal high of 86 degrees.

Believe it or not, Lexington hasn’t hit 90 degrees once this month so far. The warmest recorded temperature of the month through August 20th is 89 degrees, which occurred on the 9th and 13th. Lexington had highs in the 90s 15 times during the first 20 days of August in 2019.

The average high temperature in Covington over the first 20 days of the month was only 82.6 degrees, which is below the normal high of 85 degrees. The warmest temperature reached so far this month is 90 degrees, which was only hit once on August 9th. 

Highs in the 90s were reached seven times during the first 20 days of August in 2019, as you can see below.

The average high in Bowling Green between August 1st and August 20th was 86.7 degrees, which was a bit below the normal high of 89 degrees. The warmest temperature measured so far this month was 92 degrees, on the 10th.

Bowling Green has only been in the 90s four times this month as of August 20th. Last year Bowling Green reached the 90s 16 times during the first 20 days of August. 

If you are a fan of hot air, you’re in luck. Temperatures will likely be near or above average as we head into the last week of August.