June was a hot month across our area. Temperatures average between 1° and 2° above normal. There were two primary reasons for the above normal conditions. First, we had a larger number of days that were sunny or partly sunny. The increased amount of sunshine helped to warm temperatures a bit more than normal. Second, rainfall was below normal across the area. Drier soils typically mean higher temperatures during the warmer months of the year. It is because wet soil causes the sun to use more energy to heat the earth and temperatures will stay a little cooler. When the soil is dry, like this past June, the sun can heat the earth much quicker because it doesn't need to use energy to dry the soil first. Regardless, it was a hot month. July has started above normal and the trend looks to stay that way during the first two weeks of the month.