NYC Monthly Summary: July 2013

July is usually the hottest month on the calendar for New York City, and this year temperatures soared. We had two separate heat waves and a total of ten days reaching 90°F or higher.  The second heat wave of the month was a lengthy event.  Lasting seven days, it was the city’s longest heat wave in eleven years. This extreme heat brought the city’s average monthly temperature up to 79.8°F. That is 3.8°F above normal.

While searing temperatures dominated the month, the city also experienced a few cooler than average days this July.  In fact, July 25th set a new daily record for the coldest high temperature in Central Park with a peak reading of only 68°F.

In terms of precipitation, NYC was mostly dry.  We received 2.84 inches of rain, which is 1.76 inches below normal.  This was a significant departure from last month’s near record rainfall.

July_TempsGraph Credit: The Weather Gamut