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Tri-Cities was hot spot in the state for summer 2015

Hailey Summers, 9, works on her forehand tennis stroke in August by hitting a water balloon at the Holland St John Tennis Courts in Richland.
Hailey Summers, 9, works on her forehand tennis stroke in August by hitting a water balloon at the Holland St John Tennis Courts in Richland.

Washington state just recorded the hottest summer on record, and guess where its hottest spot was? The Tri-Cities.

Among the AgWeatherNet’s 166 monitoring stations around the state, the station in the Tri-Cities recorded the highest temperatures for the most days, said Washington State University meteorologist Nic Loyd of AgWeatherNet.

The Tri-Cities had temperatures above 100 degrees for 22 days, including a scorching 113 in June, according to the network’s data.

Highs averaged 93.7 degrees, which was three degrees more than last summer. In 2014 there were 15 days of triple-digit temperatures.

“Even for a semi-arid location like the Tri-Cities, summer 2015 was a hot one,” Loyd said.

The area’s low elevation contributes to its hot summers, and it doesn’t get the cooling felt from the Pacific Ocean on the west side of the state.

The three summer months also were dry, helping the community live up to the frequent tourism industry boast that it has 300 days of sunshine a year.

The last day enough rain fell to be recorded on the Tri-Cities AgWeatherNet monitor was May 25.

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