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August might be hotter than usual in Tri-Cities

August weather in the Tri-Cities should be typically hot, if not a little hotter than usual, with little rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Normal highs for the Tri-Cities for the month are 89.3 degrees and normal lows are 60.8.

Normal precipitation is 0.18 inch and near normal or less precipitation is expected.

Last month was slightly warmer than usual in the Mid-Columbia.

At Hanford a high daily temperature record was tied July 8. The temperature reached 108 that day, tying the record set in 1968, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station, which keeps data back to 1945.

The average temperature in the Tri-Cities in July was 77.2 degrees, which was 1.2 degrees above normal.

High temperatures averaged 91 degrees, which was 0.7 degree above normal. The highest temperature, as measured in Kennewick, was 105 on July 9. High temperatures hit at least 100 on three days.

At Hanford, temperatures of at least 100 were recorded on seven days. July typically has six days with temperatures of at least 100 at Hanford.

Low temperatures in the Tri-Cities averaged 63.3 degrees, which was 1.6 degrees above normal. The lowest temperature was 50 on Independence Day.

Precipitation in July totaled 0.7 inch in the Tri-Cities, which was 0.48 inch above normal. The heaviest rain was on July 17, when 0.5 inch was recorded in Kennewick.

Hanford had just 0.15 inch of precipitation for the month.

Precipitation for the year in the Tri-Cities has reached 5.75 inches, which is 1.23 inches above normal. Since the start of the water year in October, the Tri-Cities has had 6.45 inches, which is 0.8 inch below normal.

The highest wind gust in the Tri-Cities for July was 48 mph on July 3.

At Hanford on July 8, the same day the temperature hit 108 degrees, a gust of 46 mph was recorded.

-- Annette Cary: 582-1533; acary@tricityherald.com

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