July 2020 Was Record Hot for Many U.S. States


Tropical storms in the Atlantic formed at a record pace.

It was an unusually steamy month for the country — even for July. Some states recorded their hottest July ever as others tied with previous years.

The month’s precipitation was also higher than average and ranked in the wettest third of the 126-year period of record, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Not to be outdone, tropical activity in the Atlantic revved up, producing three tropical storms and two hurricanes in just July alone. They were the earliest fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth named storms on record in the Atlantic Basin. Here’s a climate snapshot of the month of July and the year to date:

Climate by the numbers: July 2020
The average temperature last month across the contiguous U.S. was 75.7 degrees F (2.1 degrees above average), making July the 11th-warmest in the 126-year record.

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