If this July felt extra hot to you, you’re right. The National Weather Service says it was the hottest July on record.
“Overall, it was a very warm July for Salt Lake City,” says Charlotte Dewey, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.
“The average temperature for Salt Lake City was 85.3, and this ranks as the warmest July on record, since we began taking records, over 120 years.”
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) July 31, 2017
That’s more than a whole degree hotter than the record-holding July of four summers ago and 6-point-6 degrees hotter than normal. All but a couple of days didn’t quite reach 90 degrees.
The blog, Wasatch Weather Weanies, posted a graph of mean average temperatures over time.
Dewey adds that this summer's trend looks likely to continue, thanks to high pressure that’s been dogging the state.
“Right now,” she says, “the pattern just doesn’t look very promising to, to change us over very much.”
Dewey points out that Salt Lake City is also on track to have its hottest summer on record. It depends on what happens in August.