How horrid? July on pace to be hottest month on record %u2013 USATODAY.com
- With five days to go in July, preliminary data show that the heat could top records set decades ago: "The warmest July for the contiguous U.S. was in 1936, when the nationally averaged temperature was 77.43 degrees, 3.14 degrees above average," said climate scientist Jake Crouch of the National Climatic Data Center.Preliminary data from the center show the national temperature for the first three weeks of July was 3.63 degrees above average. If the heat continues, and after the data are more closely analyzed, that would top July 1936.
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