If you thought it was hot in Fresno last month, you are right: It was one of the hottest Julys on record, says the National Weather Service.
Both the daytime highs and overnight lows were above normal, said weather service meteorologist Modesto Vasquez.
Fresno’s average high temperature for the month was 101.9 degrees, he said. That’s 3.5 degrees hotter than the normal average high of 98.4, based on records that go back into the 1880s.
Overnight, low temperatures averaged 71.1 degrees, above the nightly norm of 67.6 degrees.
Put the highs and lows together and you come up with a mean temperature of 86.5 degrees for the month, Modesto said.
July 2017 ranks seventh-hottest for Julys on record, he said. The warmest July ever recorded in Fresno happened in 2006 when the month’s mean temperature was 87.8 degrees.
Friday marked a break in triple-digit heat when Fresno topped out at 93 degrees. Saturday and Sunday reached 99 and Monday is expected to hit 98 before triple digits return starting Tuesday, the weather service said.