July's weather, by the numbers.
NOAA/National Weather Service
WALLA WALLA — July. Spell it as “hot and dry.”
Although the month ended (and August began) on an unseasonably cool note, July was long on heat and short on rain.
Whether August follows suit remains to be seen.
July delivered only one day of measurable precipitation, and not much of that. That was on July 16 when two-tenths of an inch fell. The remaining 30 days of the month all had zero or trace precipitation.
As a result July ended up 0.57 inches below normal for rainfall, according to the National Weather Service. That scant amount brought the year’s total precipitation to 7.44 inches, which is 5.07 inches below normal. Precipitation for the water year, which runs from October through September, is now 14.84 inches, a mark 4.69 inches below average.
While the month was below average for rainfall, it was above average for heat.
The average temperature was 79.3 degrees, 4.3 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 93.9 degrees, 4.7 degrees above normal, while nighttime lows averaged 64.7 degrees, which was 3.8 degrees above normal.
Six days hit 100 degrees or higher, with the hottest day on July 1 when the mercury went to 106 degrees. The coolest night came on July 13 with a low of 56 degrees.
The highest wind gust was 31 mph recorded on July 11 at Walla Walla Regional Airport.
According to the national Climate Prediction Center, the outlook for August calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
Normal highs for August are 88.1 degrees and normal lows are 60.5 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.57 inches.
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