July historically has a reputation as a hot month, but it was even more so in 2016 locally, according to a statistical breakdown from F.G. Doggett Water Plant.
Temperatures averaged nearly 80 degrees — 76.9 to be exact — more than a full degree above the July all-time local average of 75.8 degrees for Mount Airy, where climatic records have been maintained since 1924.
Adding to that result was the high temperature recorded for the month, a 96-degree reading noted for July 26. At the other end of the scale was July’s low of 60 degrees, occurring on the 10th day of the month.
Meanwhile, precipitation totaled less than usual, according to the breakdown from the water plant, the city’s official weather-monitoring station. That’s despite measurable amounts occurring for the majority of July, 16 of its 31 days.
The count was 4.26 inches, just under the local July average of 4.76 inches. The largest amount in a single day was 0.70 inches measured for July 13.
For 2016 so far, precipitation in Mount Airy — as of July 31 — totaled 26.59 inches, 0.78 inches, or 2.8 percent, below normal for the first seven months of the year, when the area has averaged 27.37 inches.