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June Heat Grills the West

Date Posted: 
July 19, 2013

June was the 15th warmest and 13th wettest June on record for the contiguous U.S., according to the most recent State of the Climate report from NOAA. The western U.S. experienced June temperatures much higher than the rest of the country, with several cities breaking records. In 119 years of record, it was the warmest June for both Tucson—the first June to ever log triple-digit highs for the entire month—and Phoenix. Las Vegas also experienced the warmest June in its 76-year record and tied its all-time hottest temperature for any month at 117 degrees F. Many locations in the West recorded no precipitation for the month, but this is not unusual for the region.  Some areas in the Great Basin, Arizona, eastern New Mexico, and Colorado received much-needed precipitation from isolated thunderstorms throughout the month.