July was hot and sunny. The temperatures averaged 72.0 degrees, which is 1.0 degree below normal. Maximum temperature was 94 degrees on the 18th. A minimum temperature of 49 degrees was recorded on the 26th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 81.5 degrees, 0.7 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 62.5 degrees, 1.3 degrees below the norm. The month began with four days of heat, two days in the nineties and very high humidity, followed by average temperatures for twenty-three days and again returned to a heat wave, with three days back in the nineties. We had a total of six days in the nineties this July, with the average being two.
Precipitation totaled 1.54 inches for the month of July; this is 1.34 inches below normal. This gives a year-to-date total rainfall of 26.27 inches, 0.24 inches below average. We had measurable precipitation on five days, which is average for July. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.91 inches on the 29th. Precipitation was scattered and light over the month, except for the heavy rain on the 29th. This July ranked the fourth driest in the past 22 years. Once every decade we seem to have a dry July. Over the past 12 months, 9 months have had below average rainfall, putting the rainfall in East Wareham 7.47 inches below normal.
Sunshine totaled 68% of the possible sunshine hours, 11 points above the norm. July 2002 was not quite as sunny as July 2001. July 7 and 8 we had no sunshine due to smoke covered skies from the Canadian fires.