August may be off to a cool start, but the National Weather Service expects temperatures to average higher than normal for the month in the Tri-Cities.
Normal highs for the Tri-Cities during August are 89.3 degrees and normal lows are 60.8 degrees.
Precipitation is expected to be about normal, after a July that had no precipitation recorded by the weather service in Kennewick.
The month just ended was hotter than a normal July for the Mid-Columbia.
Three daily temperature records were set at Hanford, where the Hanford Meteorological Station keeps data back to World War II.
On July 1, the high temperature was 107 degrees, beating the previous record for the date of 103 degrees set in 1987. The next day the high reached 109 degrees, beating the previous record of 104 degrees set in 2006.
A new record for the warmest low temperature recorded on July 2 also was set. The low fell only to 78 degrees, warmer than the 70 degrees recorded in 1945.
In the Tri-Cities, temperatures averaged 79.7 degrees, which was 3.7 degrees above normal, according to the weather service.
High temperatures averaged 94.8 degrees, which was 4.5 degrees above normal. The highest temperature, as recorded in Kennewick, was 108 degrees on July 3. On 23 days, the temperature climbed higher than 90 degrees, and it was at least 100 degrees on four days, with high temperatures just a degree below that on four days.
Low temperatures averaged 64.6 degrees, which was 2.9 degrees above normal. The lowest temperature was 56 degrees on July 14.
At Hanford, July 2 was the hottest day of the month at the record-breaking 109 degrees, and temperatures were at least 100 degrees on 11 days.
Precipitation was recorded on just one day, .01 inch on July 16, at Hanford.
Precipitation remains below normal for the year in the Tri-Cities.
It has totaled 3.37 inches, which is 1.15 inches below normal, since January. Since October, the start of the water year, it has totaled 6.97 inches, which is 0.28 inches below normal.
The fastest wind gust in the Tri-Cities in July was 28 mph on July 10. At Hanford it was 44 mph on July 4.