It's no surprise to northeastern Oregon residents, but the National Weather Service confirmed it was hotter than normal in July.

The NWS in Pendleton said the average temperature last month was 2.2 degrees higher than normal in Pendleton, 1.3 degrees higher than normal in Hermiston and 3.7 degrees higher than normal in Heppner.

Pendleton had three days during the month in which the high temperature was 100 degrees or more. The city's hottest day was 103 on July 31. On 20 days during the month, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees, according to the NWS.

Hermiston reached the century mark just once, on July 29, while Hermiston's high for the month was 99, also on July 29.

There was no measurable rainfall in July for Pendleton, while Hermiston got .03 of an inch and Heppner had .04.

For the year, Pendleton has gotten 8.18 inches of rainfall, less than an inch above normal, while Hermiston has received just 4.54 inches, almost an inch below normal. Heppner's rainfall in 2009 has totaled 6.96 inches, which is 1.82 inches below normal.

The low temperature for both Pendleton and Hermiston came on July 1. Pendleton recorded 45 degrees and Hermiston had 47.

The highest wind gust of 48 miles per hour was July 12 in Hermiston.

The outlook for August from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for the Pendleton airport during August are 86.6 degrees and normal lows are 57.3 degrees. The 30 year normal precipitation is 0.56 inches.

Also, a heat advisory for the region remains in effect for the next several days.

The 7-day forecast calls for temperatures at or near 100 degrees today through Wednesday. Nighttime lows should be in the lower 60s. An upper level low off the northern California coast will slowly move east during the week. This will bring a chance for thunderstorms in our area Thursday and Friday, with a potential for lightning caused fires. High temperatures on Thursday and Friday are expected to be in the mid-80s.

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