A hot July in the Pioneer Valley, but not record-breaking

NORTHAMPTON — Last month was among the warmest Julys in recorded history in the Valley.

In Amherst, the average temperature was tied for seventh-highest on record, numbers that go back to 1893, according to Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with National Weather Service Boston/Norton. Temperatures averaged 74.2 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to the warmest average set in 1955 of 75.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

At both Bradley Airport in Connecticut and in Boston, the month’s warmest average temperature topped previous records.

“Boston finished off July with an average temp of 78.7 degrees. The old record was 78.0 degrees set back in 1983,” Dunham said. “For Hartford, this July was 78.2 degrees with the old record of 77.9 degrees in 2012.”

Worldwide, the average global temperatures in June were the hottest on record, based on data that goes back 140 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Author: Going Green

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