July 2014 may be among 10 coolest on record

Even though the beginning of the week seemed unusually hot even for an Iowa summer, the month of July as a whole has been unusually cool.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources in its bi-weekly water summary update says this month will likely rank among the 10 coolest Julys on record.

Temperatures were below normal for all but two days of the last two weeks.

The hottest and most humid day of the year so far came on Monday with actual temperatures peaking at 98 degrees at Sidney. The coolest reading of the last two weeks was 44 on the morning of the July 16.

The report released Thursday says the statewide average rainfall for the last two weeks was less than half the normal of 2.05 inches.