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July was hot ­— but not a record

Susan Escorpizo Chicago tries stay cool Millenium Park despite  Chicago's hewave.. |   Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

Susan Escorpizo of Chicago tries to stay cool at Millenium Park despite Chicago's heat wave.. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: September 2, 2012 6:22AM

It was an unusually hot July in Chicago — but not a record-hot one.

Through Thursday, the city had been on pace for its hottest July on record, according to the National Weather Service. But then came the relative cool of the past few days — mostly in the 80s.

That left the city with an average temperature (the average of the daily high and low) for July of about 81 degrees ­— passing 2010 for the third hottest July on record, according to the weather service. The record is 81.3 degrees set in 1955 followed by 81.2 degrees set in 1921.

“We’ve seen a lot of warm Julys the last couple years,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Richard Castro.

The hot weather could continue into August, when at least the first seven days are expected to be above the average temperature of 72.4 degrees, the weather service said.

“The way things are looking, the first week [of August] is warm so we’ll be off to a warm start,” Castro said. “The beat goes on in terms of warmth and lack of rain.”

Castro noted that despite the intense drought throughout the area, O’Hare Airport received average rainfall in July. But other areas, especially to the south, saw below average rainfall after an abnormally hot June.

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