July In Missouri Hottest In Last 75 Years

Brett Blume

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Missourians can finally put the month of July behind them.

It’s likely few will miss it, at least weather-wise.

Jayson Gosselin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Weldon Spring says in a word, it was hot.

In two words, extremely hot.

“This July’s average is 85.7 degrees, and that will make this the fourth-warmest July on record (in Missouri),” Gosselin points out, “and that dates back to 1869.”

It’s also the hottest month of July in Missouri since 1936, when the daily average — which takes in both the daily highs and low temperatures — was less than one degree higher than 2011.

The hottest July was back in 1901 at 84.7 degrees.

On top of that, Gosselin says, it was bone-dry with less than 2-and-three-quarter inches of rain falling at Lambert-St. Louis Airport, with almost all of that falling in the first week of July.

“So the last three weeks, yes, it was very, very dry,” he says.

That created the unusual situation of some parts of the state being flooded while other areas were experiencing drought-like conditions, especially in far southwest Missouri.



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