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July Climate Summary and First Rains of August

July Climate Summary and First Rains of August: Average temperatures for July from observers around the state were very close to normal, commonly about 0.5 to 1.0 degrees above normal. The hottest period during the month was over July 20-22 when daily Heat Index values soared above 100°F in several locations. The Twin Cities reported the highest temperature for the state on the 22nd with a reading of 97°F. The lowest temperature for the month was just 35°F at Embarrass (St Louis County) on the 1st. For the first 7 months of 2016 temperatures have consistently been warmer than normal in Minnesota, placing this period as the 5th warmest in state history. The monthly total rainfall was above normal for most places in the state, except for a few northern communities which were drier than normal. Many climate observers reported total monthly rainfall that was 2-3 times normal, and on a statewide basis it was the 4th wettest July in history and wettest since 1993. For many communiti