Hottest Time Of The Year

July is the hottest month of the year in Eastern North Carolina although some may argue it is August.

When I was growing up near Kinston I had many folks to tell me that August was the hottest month of the year.  When I got older and researched the records I actually found that July averaged about 1 to 2 degrees higher.  Of course, growing up in this area I frequently heard that "its the humidity, not the temperature" that makes the difference.  How true that statement is even today.  I've spent many afternoons outside in sweltering heat and nothing makes a 90° temperature feel hotter than about 60 to 70 percent relative humidity.  August is notorious for high dew points thus high relative humidity levels.  In our part of the world it is also true that August is when tropical systems begin to have greater impact on the Southeast.  We get tropical surges from the southeast and south which increase the relative humidity and give us a higher heat index.  So although the actual temperature may be slightly hotter in July, the combination of temperature and high humidity in August may very well make it feel warmer.    

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