July Heat and the Record Books

The July Fouth weekend has served as a reminder that summertime heat and humidity are here. The typical high temperature this time of year is 87 degress and the typical low is 66. The record high for July 7 is 99 degrees (1993) and is an indicator of just how hot it can get.

The 99 degree record for Monday is an exception in that most of the record highs in July are at least 100 degrees. Record high temperatures on 24 of the 31 days in July are 100 degrees or warmer. The hottest was 107 set on the 10th in 1936.

The 1930s show up a lot in the record books for warm temperatures. For example, seven days in July registered “record high minimums” in the low 80s. By any measure, that is a warm way to start the day.

All of summer lies ahead so keep cool.

John Collins

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