Saturday, August 1, 2009

Finally Finished With the Hot July.

July temperatures in the north state traditionally range from baking to blistering.So newcomers and old-timers alike who survived last month's inferno can rest assured that July was even hotter than usual on average, despite a mild spell early in the month. Redding hit 113 degrees, beating a mark set in 1973 by a single digit. Red Bluff broiled to 112 degrees, topping a record set six years ago by a single degree.

Afternoon highs averaged 100.5 degrees even with a nine-day stretch of unseasonably mild high 80s and low 90s from July 5 through July 13. Redding sweated through 21 triple-digit afternoons last month, including an unbroken streak of 17 days of 100 degrees or higher that went from July 14 through Thursday. Last month delivered more triple-digit highs than any July since 2005, which boasted 24 such days.

July 1988 remains the brute in recent memory. Top temperatures averaged 103.42 degrees that month and hit 118 degrees, the city's all-time high. Records going back to the 19th century indicate even hotter July weather in 1922, 1931 and 1935, when Redding kept its official weather stats close to downtown. August can be just as hot as July in the north state. Red Bluff recorded a Death Valley-esque 121 degrees on Aug. 7, 1981, for the region's all-time top temperature.