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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 02 2012

Weather Talk: Three daily temperature records were set in July

This past July was a very warm month. In fact, it was the second-warmest month in the history of Fargo-Moorhead record keeping, second only to July 1936.

To be fair, July is usually the hottest month of any year, so it is easy for the second-hottest July to also pass for the second-hottest month. The average temperature was 76.6 degrees, which is 5.6 degrees above average, but still almost 4 degrees cooler than the 80.2-degree average from 1936.

There were three daily records set in July. It was 100 degrees on July 22, which tied the record from 1960. There were two high minimum temperature records set. The low for July 4 and also for July 20 were both 74 degrees, and both were records. There were no cloudy days in July. There were 27 mostly sunny days and four partly cloudy days.

Besides the 100-degree day, there were 12 additional days of at least 90 degrees and 16 days in the 80s. There were just two days with high temperatures in the 70s.

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