August is expected to be another hotter than usual month for the Tri-Cities, after a July that was the third hottest on record.
Monthly temperatures have averaged higher than usual since May.
The National Weather Service is predicting that highs this month will average hotter than the normal 89.3 degrees for August. Lows also should average higher than the normal 60.8 degrees.
Temperatures in July in the Tri-Cities averaged 80.8 degrees, which was 4.8 degrees above normal. The hottest July on record, as measured in Kennewick, was in 1906, when temperatures averaged 86.3 degrees.
At Hanford, where daily temperature records are kept back to World War II at the Hanford Meteorological Station, one daily high temperature record was set and another was tied.
On July 16, the temperature was 110 degrees, beating the previous high of 105 degrees set in 1970. On July 30 the high of 108 degrees tied the high record for the date in 2008.
In the Tri-Cities, it was at least 100 degrees on nine days, as measured in Kennewick. The temperature exceeded 90 degrees on 23 days.
At Hanford, highs were in the triple digits on 15 days.
The hottest day of the month, as measured in Kennewick, was 108 degrees on July 17. Highs averaged 95.6 degrees, which was 5.3 degrees above normal.
Low temperatures averaged 66.1 degrees, which was 4.4 degrees above normal. On six days the low temperature was in the 70s.
Precipitation in the Tri-Cities is expected to be near the normal of 0.18 inch for August, according to the weather service. In July, precipitation totaled just 0.02 inch, which was 0.2 inch below normal.
Precipitation for the year has reached 3.47 inches in the Tri-Cities, which is 1.05 inches below normal. Since October, the start of the water year, precipitation has totaled 4.11 inches, which is 3.14 inches below normal.
The peak wind gust in July in the Tri-Cities was 52 mph on July 23. At Hanford the peak gust was 55 mph on the same day.