June temperatures were the second-highest on record for the month.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- The heat in July felt unbearable at times.
Statistics compiled by the National Weather Service show that last month was warmer than the typical July in the Mahoning Valley, but not among the area's Top 10 warmest Julys.
It wasn't the warmest July in recent years. In 2002, the average temperature was 73.1 degrees, good enough for No. 10 on the warmest July list. The average temperature in 1999 was 74.1 degrees, placing it at No. 3.
However, compared with the 2003 and 2004 Julys, last month was a hot one.
The average temperature last month was 72.6 degrees, half a degree away from making the Top 10. The average temperature in July 2003 was 69 degrees, and 68.7 degrees in July 2004.
The average July temperature for the Mahoning Valley is 69.9 degrees.
"Last month's temperature was slightly above average, but what made it miserable was the increased moisture in the atmosphere, which made it hard to breathe at times," said Walter Fitzgerald, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Cleveland.
The moisture was generated by hurricanes in the South, and that air was brought up into our area, he said.
Hottest of the hot
The hottest day last month was July 26 when the Valley saw 93 degrees. That was the second hottest July 26 in local record weather history. It was 94 degrees on that day in 1993.
The second-hottest day last month was July 25 at 92 degrees. That is the hottest July 25 on record for the area. The old record for the 25th was 91 degrees in 1989.
The only other day last month with a temperature of at least 90 degrees was July 12, when it hit that exact number.
In comparison, there were 12 days in July 2002 with a temperature of at least 90 degrees. There were no days in July 2003 and 2004 with a temperature of at least 90 degrees.
The NWS collects weather data for the Mahoning Valley at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna. Recorded Valley weather history goes back to 1943.
While July wasn't really out of the ordinary for the area, June 2005 was the second-warmest June on record. The average temperature was 70.5 degrees. It was at least 90 degrees each day during the period from June 25-28.
In comparison, June 2004 was the ninth-coldest June in local recorded weather history with an average temperature of 64.6 degrees.
As for August, Fitzgerald said the NWS expects it to be slightly warmer than average. The average temperature for August in the area is 68.4 degrees.