Tri-City temperatures to be above normal for rest of July

Be prepared for a hotter than usual July in the Tri-Cities, says the National Weather Service.

The month is already off to a hot start, and the weather service is predicting temperatures to average above normal for the month and precipitation to be below normal.

Normal highs for Kennewick during July are 90.3 degrees and normal lows are 61.7 degrees. Normal precipitation is 0.22 inch.

June also was slightly warmer than usual, in a month that saw an unusually cool period for nine days late in the month but hot spells near the first and at the end of the month.

A daily temperature record was set June 18 at Hanford when the high of 62 degrees was the coolest on record for the date. The old record was 69 degrees set in 1964, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station, which keeps records back to 1945.

In the Tri-Cities, the average temperature in June was 69 degrees, which was 0.2 degree above normal. Although temperatures reached the triple digits at the Pasco airport on the last day of the month, the National Weather Service compiles its Tri-City monthly weather data from Kennewick readings.

It put the hottest day of June as the last Saturday of the month with a high of 96 degrees. High temperatures for the month averaged slightly below normal, but that was offset with low temperatures that averaged above normal.

The lowest temperature of the month was 49 degrees on June 1, as recorded in Kennewick.

At Hanford the temperature averaged 69.8 degrees in June, which was 0.2 degree above normal. On eight days the temperature was 90 degrees or higher, which is normal for the month. However, the temperature did not reach 100 degrees on any day. In an typical June, the temperature reaches 100 degrees on one day.

The highest temperature at Hanford was 99 degrees on the last day of the month. The lowest temperature was 45 degrees on June 12.

Precipitation in the Tri-Cities totaled 1.36 inches during June, which was 0.85 inches above normal. All but a trace fell in the last 12 days of the month.

Since the start of the water year in October, Tri-City precipitation has come to 6.97 inches, which is just about normal.

At Hanford precipitation for the month also totaled 1.36 inches, significantly above the normal of 0.51 inch. That made the month the fifth wettest June on record, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station.

The peak wind gust in the Tri-Cities in June was 38 mph on June 11. At Hanford it was 46 mph on June 17.