July is generally the warmest month on the calendar for New York City, and this year temperatures soared. We had ten days when the thermometer read 90°F or above, including July 18th when the mercury hit 100°F in Central Park. This extreme heat helped raise the city’s average monthly temperature to 78.8°F, which is 2.3°F above normal.
In terms of precipitation this July, NYC experienced a number of severe thunderstorms, which brought much-needed rainfall to the area. In the end, however, the city only collected 4.21 inches of rain, which is 0.39 inches below normal. While not in a drought, it is interesting to note that the city has received below average precipitation for six out of the past seven months.