We hope you're enjoying the lovely weather today, because it feels like it's been an eternity since a Saturday has felt so comfortable (last Saturday? Blech. The Saturday before that? Gross.). While the National Weather Service and Weather Channel had predicted that July would not be the hottest month ever on the books for New York City, the NY Times reports, "If the high and low temperatures in Central Park on Saturday average at least 77.5, July 2010 will rank as the hottest month in New York since records began in 1869." Suppose we'll have to wait will tomorrow to find out!
But in the meantime, here are some interesting facts that weather historian Stephen Fybish shared with the Times about this month:
- July 6 was the hottest day this month, hitting 103 (and 97 in Mr. Fybish’s Upper West Side kitchen). The highs on July 6 from 1999 to 2009: 101, 79, 72, 82, 89, 81, 82, 77, 83, 79, 83. The only years that have had temperatures topping 103 are 1918 (Aug. 7), 1936 (July 9) and 1977 (July 21).
- This June was hot, too, creating the hottest June-July combination on record, with an average of 78.1 degrees (runner-up: 1966, with 77.6). If August averages 76.1 degrees or higher, 2010 will be the hottest June-July-August ever, beating 1966.
- Actually, it has been the warmest March through July on record, averaging 65.5.
- July 21 is the date that has reached 100 the most times, in 1926, 1930, 1977 and 1980; this year, it was 93.
- Number of July 2010 days that topped 90 degrees: 16, tying with July 1966 for fourth place.
- Number of July 2010 days that topped 89 degrees: 21, ranking second behind 1993.
- Warmest July night on record: July 7, 2010, tied with July 15, 1995, at 84.
The Times also interviews some New Yorkers about how they've survived the July heat waves, including a Brooklyn woman who cooks in her underwear, "I sort of feel like saying, 'You’re welcome, neighbors.'"