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Daryl Ritchison, Published July 01 2012

Weather Talk: July not always warmest month in Fargo-Moorhead

July is climatologically the warmest month of the year. The average temperature this month is 71 degrees, which is nearly 5 degrees warmer than the average for June and nearly two degrees warmer than the average for August.

Although this month has the highest average temperature of the year, July is not always the warmest month in every year. Since 1881, July has been the warmest month just 70 percent of the time. August has ranked as the warmest month 26 percent of the time, or in other words, in about one year in four.

On rare occasions, June has ranked as the warmest month, but that has only occurred five times in the record book, with 1994 being the last year that occurred.

Acute weather observers may have thought June 1995 would have ranked as the warmest month that year as it was a very warm month and still ranks as the third-warmest on record, but August 1995 was slightly warmer, for the top spot that year.

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