LABELLE, FL. -- July 2010 continued the streak of hotter than normal temperatures across South Florida so far this summer. Regional climate sites were in the top 5 warmest July periods on record. This comes on the heels of record-breaking hot temperatures in May and June.
Over interior sections, temperatures soared into the upper 90s to around 100 degrees from July 8 to July 10, as well as during the last week of July. Most households were finding higher than normal electric bills for the last several months, due to using more air conditioning.
Unofficial high temperature readings of 101 degrees were recorded at Oasis Ranger Station on July 8th and at Brighton Reservation in Glades County on July 28th and 29th. Big Cypress Reservation hit 99 degrees on July 29th.
Most of south Florida received near to slightly below normal rainfall in July, as the dominant high pressure pattern across the eastern United States limited the overall coverage and duration of showers and thunderstorms.
Precipitation in July was above normal in an area covering most of Hendry County and extending east and southeast across the peninsula to parts of the Broward and Miami-Dade county metro areas. Another area of above normal precipitation was noted over southern sections of Collier County and over the far southern Everglades.
July rainfall totals and departure from normal in inches
Canal Point 8.93
Big Cypress Res 4.67
Brighton Reservation 5.86