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August outlook: We dodge prolonged heat but it’s soggy again

July temperatures were nearly exactly normal or 0.1 degrees above the 30-year average of 81 degrees. July was the 20th warmest in Washington, tying 1986 and 1872. July rainfall was 3.28 inches wetter than normal, the third wettest of the 2000s, and the 13th on record. Overall, we grade our outlook for the month an A-. Overall, temperatures is running slightly ahead of the 30 year normal and in lockstep with last year, but not near record levels. Long range forecasts suggest core of the heat in the Lower 48 states could nudge even farther west later in the month promoting some cooler intervals and increasing the potential for above normal rainfall.