An unusually hot July is following a rare cool and rainy June in the Mid-Columbia.
The high Sunday of 108 degrees at Hanford tied the record high for that date set in 1968, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station.
However, June temperatures averaged 2.2 degrees lower than normal in the Tri-Cities, according to the National Weather Service. The Washington State University weather station in Prosser recorded the coolest June since 2001, according to WSU.
At Hanford, which keeps weather records back to 1945, a cool temperature record was set June 26. The high was just 64 degrees, breaking the previous cool weather record of 70 degrees on that date in 1975.
In addition, low temperatures for the month tied records on three days: 42 degrees June 7, 44 degrees June 14 and 45 degrees June 27.
It also was the second-wettest June on record at Hanford, with 1.51 inches of precipitation. That's nearly three times the normal of 0.51 inch. The Tri-Cities had 1.62 inches of precipitation.
The National Weather Service is predicting July temperatures to continue to average hotter than usual in the Tri-Cities. Normal highs for July are 90.3 degrees, but highs from 8 to 10 degrees above that are forecast through Friday.