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

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Melissa Fleming is an environmental communicator and visual artist working at the intersection of art and science. She is passionate about exploring, learning, and sharing information about the natural world. She has presented her interdisciplinary work in a variety of mediums at venues and conferences around the world.