June weather wedded to wet, cold

The predictions are for July to get summer on track with hot and dry days.

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WALLA WALLA -- June was a cool month, and we're not talking jazz.

In fact, if you thought summer had taken a vacation, the National Weather Service might agree.

Overall, June's daytime highs clocked in more than 5 degrees below normal (5.6 degrees if you want to get picky), averaging about 75 degrees.

Nights were also cool, but stayed close to normal. Overall the after-dark hours were slightly above 53 degrees, only 1 degree above average.

During the month only one day recorded a high above 90 degrees when the hottest day was June 22 with 91 degrees. The coolest nights were on June 2 and June 9 when the mercury dropped to 46 degrees.

And rain?

Traditionally June is the month when Mother Nature shuts off the taps. But thanks to a one-day downpour on June 2 that delivered almost 30 days of rain in 24 hours, it wasn't surprising the month finished well above average for precipitation. Total for the month was 1.52 inches, which was .37 inches above normal.

Overall there were seven days with measurable rainfall, defined as more than .01 inch, and 23 days with trace or zero precipitation.

The June rains drove the year-to-date total for rain and snow to 13.48 inches, a mark 2.13 inches above normal. The total for the water year, which runs from October through September, is also well above normal with 20.78 inches, a mark 2.30 inches above average.

Temperatures are forecast to warm up over the next few days and, according to the national Climate Prediction Service, July should deliver near-normal for rain and temperatures.

If the prediction holds true, this will mean daytime highs of about 90 degrees with nighttime lows of about 61 degrees. Rainfall should average about .73 inches, based on a 30-year average.

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