The average July temperature for the contiguous United States was 75.3 degrees F, making it the 14th warmest July on record, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information.
Also July precipitation averaged 2.87 inches, which was 0.40 inch above average. NOAA said in an Aug. 8 news release.
From January through July, the average temperature for the Lower 48 states ranked as the third warmest on record at 54.3 degrees F, 3.0 degrees above average. Thirty-eight states were much warmer than average, NOAA said.
NOAA, which includes the National Weather Service, noted that warm and dry conditions during July caused drought to expand across the Northeast. Drought also continued for much of the West.
Meanwhile, parts of Kentucky received record rainfall with widespread flooding. “Monthly rainfall exceeded 16 inches in parts of western Kentucky,” NOAA reported.
“Alaska had its 4th warmest July and set a new record for the warmest year to date, with an average statewide temperature of 33.9 degrees F, 8.1 degrees above average,” NOAA said in the news release.