The National Weather Service in Pendleton has confirmed what many already knew: July was warmer and drier than usual.

The average temperature was 69.1 degrees, which was 3.1 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 88.5 degrees, which was 3.2 degrees above normal. The highest was 98 degrees on the 13th.

Low temperatures averaged 49.6 degrees, which was 3.0 degrees above normal. The lowest was 36 degrees, on the 25th.

On 16 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 0.06 inches during July, which was 0.48 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on three days, with the heaviest, 0.02 inches reported on July 3.

Precipitation this year has reached 6.06 inches, which is 0.16 inches below normal. Since October, the water-year precipitation at Madras has been 6.91 inches, which is 2.79 inches below normal.

The highest wind gust was 45 mph, which occurred on the 29th.

The outlook for August from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center called for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

Normal highs for Madras during August are 84.7 degrees and normal lows are 45.4 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.34 inches.

The National Weather Service is an office of NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

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