Second-hottest July on record in the books

July's weather, by the numbers

July's weather, by the numbers National Weather Service graphic


WALLA WALLA — Talk about an accurate, but sweaty, forecast.

As predicted by the National Weather Service last month, July was abnormally hot and dry. In fact, it was the second warmest July on record with an average temperature of nearly 81 degrees, a mark 5.6 degrees above normal. It was second only to July 1985, when the average temperature that year was 82.3 degrees.

Last month’s hottest day came on July 13 with a high of 107 degrees. It was one of nine days during the month with 100 degree or hotter weather. The average daytime high was about 95 degrees, which was six degrees above normal and the average nighttime low was about 66 degrees, which was about five degrees above normal. The coolest night came on June 25 when the mercury dropped to 52 degrees.

As for precipitation, parched conditions were the rule in July. All of the month’s measurable rain, a total of .13 inches, fell on three days while the remaining 28 days had zero or trace amounts. Total precipitation was .46 inches below normal, according to weather service records.

Precipitation for the year is now 9.34 inches, which is 3.17 inches below normal. Rain and snowfall for the water year, which runs from October through September, is now 12.43 inches, a mark 7.10 inches below normal.

The highest wind gust during the month was 49 mph which occurred on July 23.

The outlook for August from the national Climate Predication Center calls for normal temperatures and near-normal precipitation.

Normal highs for Walla Walla in August are about 88 degrees and normal lows are between 60 and 61 degrees. Normal precipitation, based on a 30-year average, is .57 inches.

Andy Porter can be reached at or 526-8318.


Kevconpat 1 year, 3 months ago

I thought, why not just for fun check out in (rainy cool) Seattle if my Family was actually telling the truth! My In-laws I assumed were embellishing the weather temps there. Turns out they had reason to complain. Remember, few have air conditioning. Ugh, and they do have humidity even on the sunniest days with the lakes and Puget Sound. Their July handed them the second warmest or hottest relatively speaking... 80.4* at Sea-Tac airport. Their hottest July; 1985. Interestingly enough both this July and in 1985 in each cities airport locations were their hottest and second hottest. Maybe the big crowded city, Seattle and little 'ol Walla Walla can get along after all! The weather is always a good place to start!


GeneandCassie 1 year, 3 months ago

How long have the 'local weather books' been recorded?? Perhaps 100 to 150 years???

How long has the earth been here experiencing the weather????

We likely have no clue what 'normal' really is....... Our records cover merely a drop in the big bucket of time.....


Kevconpat 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm pretty sure the national weather service uses 30 yr. averages......I know, I KNOW!!!... I don't really get it either. Thirty Years!? Some curve, right. It is relative somewhat, to longtime residences. Anyway- when one reads, "records" date back to 1890 for example, what does that really mean? Were temperature gauges accurate as today's? What happened when Seattle changed it's official location from Seattle Lake Union to the airport, (I think sometime) in the late '70's. Seattle's official weather records are recorded from Sea-Tac, not downtown. There are unofficial readings from "Boeing Field" The UofW, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill .........most are all a few degrees different. All I can say G&C: as I last checked todayd it was 90 at Sea-Tac and 101 at WW airport. Time for a cold drink!


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