The Tri-Cities had its sixth straight month with temperatures averaging below normal in July, according to the National Weather Service.
However, chances are temperatures will be near normal this month, it said.
Normal highs for the Tri-Cites during August are 89.6 degrees and normal lows are 59.1 degrees.
Precipitation also is expected to be near the normal of 0.36 inch for this month, after a drier-than-usual July for the Tri-Cities, the weather service said.
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At Hanford, a new low temperature record was set for July 20 when the temperature fell to 51 degrees, according to data from the Hanford Meteorological Station. It keeps records back to 1945.
The previous low record for July 20 was 53 degrees, recorded most recently in 1968.
In addition, the low temperature record for July 9 of 50 degrees was tied last month.
The temperature failed to reach 100 degrees in July this year in the Tri-Cities or at Hanford.
The average temperature in the Tri-Cities was 72.4 degrees, which was 2.5 degrees below normal. Highs averaged 86.1 degrees, which was 3.9 degrees below normal. Lows averaged 58.7 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees below normal.
The highest temperature in the Tri-Cities was 97 degrees on July 25 and the lowest was 52 degrees on July 9 and 10.
At Hanford the highest temperature was 99 degrees on July 6 and the lowest was 50 degrees on July 1 and 9.
Precipitation in the Tri-Cities totaled 0.05 inch in July, which was 0.2 inch below normal. Measurable precipitation fell only on July 13. At Hanford precipitation totaled 0.12 inch, most of it falling on July 25.
Precipitation this year in the Tri-Cities has reached 4.34 inches, which is 0.52 inch above normal. Since October, the start of the water year, the Tri-Cities has received 8.96 inches of precipitation, which is 2.48 inches above normal.
The highest wind gust in the Tri-Cities last month was 41 mph on July 7. At Hanford it was 48 mph on July 7.
* Annette Cary: 509-582-1533; firstname.lastname@example.org.