by Lisa Sorg
The weather in July in the Triangle was magnificent—if you're a volcano. Or a steel foundry. Or a cactus.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport was one of 173 places in the U.S. that set all-time records for the highest temperature in July.
RDU hit 105 degrees on July 8; the previous record was set just nine days earlier, on June 30, which also climbed to 105 degrees.
In fact, July was the hottest month on record for the U.S., according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released a report today detailing the record-breaking temperatures.
Among the findings:
More than 4,400 places in the U.S. set daily records for the hottest daytime temperatures.
3,673 places hit daily records for the hottest nighttime temperatures.
NOAA examined historical data for all January—July time periods since 1895. In North Carolina, January through July 2012 was the hottest time period in the state in 118 years. The temperature was 2.9 degrees above the average.