July weather in Tri-Cities to be slightly toasty

Tri-City HeraldJuly 5, 2014 

This July could be hotter than usual in the Tri-Cities, according to the National Weather Service.

Normal highs for the Tri-Cities in July are 90.3 degrees and normal lows are 61.7 degrees.

Precipitation is expected to be close to the normal of 0.22 inch.

June also was warmer than usual in the Tri-Cities, with temperatures averaging 1 degree above normal.

No daily temperature records were set in June at Hanford, where daily records have been kept at the Hanford Meteorology Station back to World War II.

One daily temperature record was tied, but it was not for warm weather. The high on June 17 was 70 degrees, the coolest high temperature recorded for the date since the record was set in 1973.

High temperatures in the Tri-Cities averaged 82.5 degrees in June, which was 0.9 degrees above normal. The highest temperature was 91 degrees on June 24. Low temperatures averaged 57.2 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees above normal.

Usually, there is one day in June at Hanford with a temperature of at least 100 degrees, but this year the highest temperature in June was 95 degrees on June 23.

June was wetter than usual in the Tri-Cities, with 1.09 inches of precipitation recorded, which is about double normal. More than half of that, 0.67 inch, fell on June 3.

However, 25 miles away at the Hanford Meteorological Station, precipitation was about half of normal at 0.26 inch.

Total precipitation for the year in the Tri-Cities has reached 3.45 inches, which is 0.85 inch below normal. Since October, the start of the water year, precipitation has been 2.94 inches below normal at 4.09 inches total.

The peak wind gust in the Tri-Cities, as measured in Kennewick, was 37 mph on June 15. At Hanford it was 42 mph on June 10.

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