July was a scorcher, but not the hottest ever

Statesman staffAugust 1, 2013 

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Cameron Young, 14, Boise, and cousin Melissa Grover, 9, Caldwell, cool off in the cascading fountain at Ann Morrison Park in Boise Monday July 1, 2013. Temperatures climbed to 108 degrees Monday.

DARIN OSWALD — doswald@idahostatesman.com Buy Photo

No matter how you calculate it, July had near-record heat. The mean temperature - it averages high and low temperatures each day - was 81.5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. It tied with 2006 for the third-hottest July on record. The record is 83.1 degrees in July 2007 — the hottest month ever in Boise.

The average high temp this July was 97.5 degrees, which was 6.3 degrees above normal (91.2). The record average high is 98.6 degrees, set in July 2003.

July 2013 did set a record for the number of days of 90-degree or higher temperatures — 30. And on 10 of those days it was at least 100 degrees. The next closest July had 28 days of 90 or hotter, a feat that has happened five times, including in 2012. The typical July has 19 days of 90 degrees or hotter.

Even July's lows were high. The average overnight low was 65.4 degrees, which is 5 degrees above normal.

How about August? Well, it's starting out cooler, with the rest of the week looking to be in the low 90s and high 80s. But temperatures in the high 90s are expected next week.

And if you've already forgotten just how hot it was at the beginning of July, here's a reminder from Ann Morrison Park:

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