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July finishes hot for N.C.

Following two months of cooler-than-average temperatures, July came in hot in North Carolina. According to the N.C. State Climate Office, it was the state’s 20th warmest July since 1896.


The hottest weather hit in the final week of the month as the Bermuda high pressure system crept close to the coastline, putting North Carolina under a dome of heat and humidity. For much of the state, it was the warmest weather in more than a year.

In the mountains, Asheville climbed to 92 degrees on July 27, while Cullowhee had three consecutive days at 92 degrees July 28-30. The last time they were that warm for that many days in a row was in July 2012.

Globally, July was set to finish as the hottest month on record since 1940, with record-breaking heat waves in China, Europe and the southwestern United States. This isn’t a fleeting phenomenon. The North Carolina Climate Science Report notes that heat index values are very likely to continue increasing due to both warming temperatures and higher absolute humidity levels caused by climate change.


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