Hottest July ever in U.S., but what about Seattle?

Hottest July ever in U.S., but what about Seattle?

Hottest July ever in U.S., but what about Seattle?

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by LINDSAY CHAMBERLAIN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 10:52 AM

July was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States, the nation's top scientists found out Wednesday.

But if you live in Seattle, you probably had no idea. And might have even complained about the cool weather a bit.

That's because Seattle's average temperature in July was about 14 degrees lower than the national average.

In the lower 48 last month, the average temperature was 77.6 degrees. Seattle's average was about 63.6 degrees, according to data from Sea-Tac International Airport and the University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Department.

Our warmest days were on July 8 and 12, when it got up to 82 degrees in Seattle. Right around that time was when the Northeast experienced a 100-degree-heatwave for several days.

The national July average breaks a record set all the way back during the Dust Bowl days of 1936. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been keeping temperature records since 1895.

July data falls in line with NOAA's observations throughout 2012, finding it's been the warmest seven months on record for the nation. August 2011 through July this year has also been the warmest 12-month period on record.

"The fact that the first seven months of the year are the hottest on record is much more impressive from a climate standpoint, and highlights the fact that there is more than just natural variability playing a role: Global warming from human activities has reared its head in a way that can only be a major warning for the future," said Kevin Trenberth, climate analysis chief of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

A side note -- the coolest temperature recorded in Seattle during July was 51 degrees, both occuring during overnight hours on July 9 and 18.

Visit our KING 5 Weather page for temperatures anywhere you are, anytime. You can also download the Seattle Weather app for iPhone, Droid, BlackBerry and Windows phones.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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