Hot, Dry July Is Local Climate Story

All of the figures are not in yet for the final days of July, but perhaps Winter Haven will have to do for an example of our summer of higher energy bills.

It was the hottest July on record from the period that began in 1941 and fifth driest, which means there was little moderation in the temperature from afternoon showers.

Weather in Lakeland may be in the running for one of the 10 warmest Julys, but data from the final few days is still unavailable. Rainfall was on the dry side of the scale there, too.

Bartow Municipal Airport’s weather was not record-setting, but was warm and dry, too.

Weather records for Wauchula show the same heat wave, moderated by more rain.

But the real takeaway was that the bulk of the highest temperatures in the area generally occurred in the last 10 to 20 years.

The heat is definitely on.



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