New all-time high temperature average beats Dust Bowl reading by 1.1 degrees
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Temperature records continue to fall in Colorado, as July ended up being the hottest ever for Denver, breaking the previous record by 1.1 degrees, based on statistics going back to 1872.
The average temperature for the months was 78.9 degrees, topping the Dust Bowl-era record of 77.8 degrees set in 1934.
July started out with temperatures running well above average, with a daily record high set on July 2, before cooler and wet weather moved into Colorado on July 7, according to the monthly summary from the National Weather Service. Thanks to the monsoon, Denver temps stayed below average through July 10.
A strong and persistent high pressure system re-established itself over the area on July 11, keeping temperatures above average for the rest of the month.
Although no single-day temperature records were broken, there were five days (seven for the month) with readings above 100 degrees, and 27 days with readings in the 90s, breaking the record of 26 days, set in 2000 and 2008.
The coolest reading of the month was 57 degrees, on the morning of July 26.
And while the monsoon delivered plenty of moisture in the mountains, mostly west of the Continental Divide, Denver stayed very dry, officially reporting only .48 inches of rain, less than 25 percent of the average 2.16 inches for the month.
But many other parts of Denver saw between 1 and two inches of rain during the monsoon interlude on July 6 and 7.