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Warmest July lows melt Bellingham record

Macy Tjoelker, 3, plays in the mud as her mother, Malorie Tjoelker of Lynden, and others work on a sandsculpture during the second day of the 32nd annual Birch Bay Sandsculpture Competition along the beach in Birch Bay, Wash., on July 19, 2015.
Macy Tjoelker, 3, plays in the mud as her mother, Malorie Tjoelker of Lynden, and others work on a sandsculpture during the second day of the 32nd annual Birch Bay Sandsculpture Competition along the beach in Birch Bay, Wash., on July 19, 2015. For The Bellingham Herald

July 2015 was only the second-warmest on record for the city, but it did manage to break a record for the warmest lows.

Low temperatures last month dipped to an average of 57.7 degrees, breaking the previous record of 56.9 degrees set in 1958.

It was also during the summer of 1958 that Bellingham had its warmest temperatures for July, with an average high of 68 degrees. This year, the average fell short at 67.2 degrees.

There is a 50 percent chance of August seeing above-average temperatures, said Josh Smith, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. But the current monthly outlook is calling for normal levels of precipitation.

Bellingham hasn’t seen average levels of rain since March. All months since then have been well below average rainfall, with July coming in at only 0.67 inch compared to the normal 1.18.

Even so, August has already broken one record with a high temperature of 86 degrees on Aug. 1. That topped the previous record of 85 degrees reached in 1949 and 1965. Temperatures for the rest of the week are expected to remain in the mid- to upper 70s.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamhearld.com.

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