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Columbia’s hottest summer, ever? Maybe

Aug 1, 2011 9:50:00 AM - thestate.com
Columbia could be two-thirds of the way to its hottest summer in history.

The daily average temperature (daily high plus daily low divided by two) for June and July of 2011 was 84.4 degrees, the highest for that period since records began being kept in Columbia in 1887. The previous hottest was 84.07, in 1986 and in 2010, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

Last month ranked as the third hottest July in terms of daily average temperature (85.46) behind only 1993 and 1986. But, as morning exercisers can attest, it seldom cooled off at night last month. Thus July 2011 ranks No. 1 all-time for highest daily low temperatures (74.59).

This summer still might not set the June-July-August heat record. August is only expected to be typically hot, according to the two-week and one-month forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center. That would be a relief after the past two abnormally hot months.

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