Last month was the third hottest July on record at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, and 2010 is on pace to be the hottest summer in Columbia history.
The July average daily temperature (the average of daily highs and daily lows) of 84.4 degrees was 2.4 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service. The hottest July since the local weather office moved to the airport in 1949 was 1993, when the average daily temperature was 86.2 degrees.
With July’s near record coming on the heels of all-time record-tying June heat (83.7 degrees daily average), so far the summer of 2010 has tied 1986 for the hottest June-July in Columbia history, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
The average temperature in August 1986 was a relatively cool 79.82 average, so 2010 has a chance to set a three-month high record for summer heat in famously hot Columbia. The long-range forecast gives a 40 percent chance August will be hotter than normal.