|July and heat go hand in hand, but for some cities, the first half of this month has been one for the record books. |
More than a dozen locations – indicated by the dots on the map above – with a period of record of 80 years or more had their hottest July 1-16, according to data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
Most of those are in the far southern United States, including Tampa and Key West, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Brownsville, Corpus Christi and El Paso, Texas; and Phoenix, Arizona. The lone exception to this southern story is Caribou, Maine, which also had its hottest July start since records began there in 1939.
However, the start of July hasn’t been full of blistering heat for everyone. Rapid City, South Dakota, for example, had its ninth coolest July 1-16 on record.