Aug 8, 2016

2016 Third Warmest for U.S. Through July

New Mexico
Florida
USA
by
Andrea Thompson
,
WxShift
Image: Climate Reanalyzer
Image: Climate Reanalyzer

In the midst of the dog days of summer, the U.S. is still having its third-hottest year on record through July. The month also saw two states — New Mexico and Florida — clinch their hottest July, while Alaska continued to stay on track for its warmest year in the books.

For the contiguous U.S., the year-to-date temperature was 54.3°F (12.4°C), or 3.0°F (1.7°C) above the 20th century average, according to data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Every state was warmer than average for the same period