On our hottest days, the mercury surged to 95 degrees June 12 and 13, while it only reached 69 degrees on our coolest day, June 7, less than a week before. Precipitation extremes were absent, as the most rain to fall in a single day was just 0.53 inches June 19.
Just a few daily records happened this past month. The record low at Baltimore on June 28 was the first to occur in June since 2005.
- June 12: Record-high maximum of 95 ties 2002, 1986, 1942, 1932, 1914 and 1880.
- June 13: Record-high minimum of 75 ties 2015.
- June 12: Record-high maximum of 95 beats 94 from 1994.
- June 18: Record-high minimum of 73 beats 71 from 2014.
- June 12: Record-high maximum of 97 ties 1956.
- June 28: Record-low minimum of 51 beats 53 from 1970.
The nation’s hottest weather in June focused in the Southwest due to the presence of a large heat dome or high-altitude, high-pressure system. Even so, parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic also ended up slightly hotter than the 30-year average. Meanwhile, some parts of the South experienced a slightly cooler-than-normal June.
Washington’s temperatures and precipitation in 2017, so far, in perspective
With 2017 half-finished, how do temperatures and precipitation compare with past years?
Even though the month finished as the third-driest June on record, five other years since 2010 were actually drier through the first six months of the year — as shown in the chart below.
Meanwhile, the warm June helped 2017 remain in the running for Washington’s warmest on record, only slightly trailing 2012 — which holds the top position (see below).
We forecast it would be 0.5 degrees warmer than normal. Given that it was actually 2.1 degrees warmer than normal, the direction was accurate, but not the intensity.
We called for a wetter than normal month, which was quite wrong. The signs in late May of a wetter pattern failed to come to fruition.
June was hotter and drier than expected; so we were one for two in our prediction.
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