Escaping the heat of the hottest July on record

August 2, 2023
While the rest of the world seemingly bakes, we enjoyed a cooler than average July
Published: Aug. 2, 2023 at 6:35 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - While the rest of world seemly experienced its hottest temperatures for the month of July, that wasn’t the case here in south central Nebraska as Mother Nature offered up rather cool temperatures in place of the summer heat. On a global scale the planet was the hottest it has ever been since records have been kept. Here is how July 2023 shapes up to previous July’s since 1940. The global mean surface air temperature was so hot, it broke records for four days straight in the beginning of the month from July 3rd to the 6th The 6th was the hottest day with a mean planet air temperature of 62.744 degrees Fahrenheit. This shattered the previous record of 62.24 degrees. The first 23 days of July were the hottest on record, breaking the previous hottest July of 2019 by point 6 degrees Fahrenheit. And while the southwest United States was baking in sun, we here in south central Nebraska relaxed in the cooler than average July weather with an average high temperature in Grand Island for the month of 87.1 degrees. That’s approximately one degree cooler than what we normally experience. Even the nights were a bit cooler as the average low was 64.4 degrees or about 1.4 degrees below normal. Overall, it was a cooler than average July for us by about 1.2 degrees. The reason? We just happened to be in a cooler weather pattern.