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John Wheeler, Published August 12 2012

Weather Talk: A lot of above-average temps made for record July warmth

Although it is now two weeks past, one final look at our remarkably warm July seems in order.

As has been well-documented, July’s average temperature for the month was the second hottest on record, losing only to July 1936. The average high temperature was 89 degrees, and the average low was 65. There was one day that hit 100, 12 days in the 90s, 16 days in the 80s and just two days in the 70s. For 24-hour lows, there were five in the 70s, five in the 50s, and the other 21 nights were in the 60s.

What gave this July such a high average temperature was not a lot of extremely hot weather, but a lot of above-average weather; highs in the 80s and 90s and lows in the 60s.

Over the past three decades, the average high has been 82 and the average low has been 59.

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