From New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas and Phoenix, July has been a month of blistering heat and relentless drought across much of the county. Now that the month is over, what do the numbers reveal?
Preliminarily, 4,313 record high temperatures were reached across the country for the month of July, according to NOAA and the National Climatic Data Center.
Two hundred ninety-nine of these record highs were the warmest temperatures ever observed for the entire month and an incredible 171 records were the all-time highest temperatures ever observed.
Temperatures during the night were also among the highest ever observed, with a sweaty 3,545 record warmest nights over the course of the month.
According to Meteorologist and Climatologist Jim Rourke, "It was the hottest July on record in St. Louis, Denver and Indianapolis."
The record is based on an average of high and low temperatures throughout the month.
"In St. Louis, July averaged 88.0 degrees breaking the old record of 87.4 degrees set in 1901," Rourke said.
Meanwhile, temperature records set during the blistering Dust Bowl Era were broken.
"In Denver, this July averaged 78.9 degrees breaking the old record of 77.8 degrees set in 1934. Indianapolis averaged 84.0 degrees, breaking their old record of 82.8 degrees set in 1936," Rourke added.
Spotty rainfall and the associated lower temperatures during the last week or so of the month kept the cities of Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. from setting an all-time record warm July in 2012.
Records in many of these cities date back to the early 1900s or late 1800s.
The reason for this incredible heat has been the location of the jet stream, a thin river of air miles high that guides the path of potential storms.
Unusually strong high pressure developed over much of the central part of the nation, an area where crops have been withering for months.
This high pressure pushed the jet stream much farther north than usual, and there was virtually no chance of rain.
Additionally, since there was no rain and less moisture for the sun's energy to evaporate, most of the power went into heating the ground, and the result was weeks of searing heat.
The first few days of August look to be no different across the nation's Heartland.
Temperatures on Wednesday will poke above 110 degrees from Oklahoma City to Wichita, and many more records are likely to fall by the end of the week.
Stay with us here at AccuWeather.com for all the latest on the extreme heat. Keep checking back as more incredible numbers on this record hot July come in today.
After turbulent and unsettled weather kicks off September, Detroit will see calmer skies approaching midweek.
After turbulent and unsettled weather to kick off September, Cleveland will see calmer skies approaching midweek.
Minneapolis will face a stretch of unsettled weather over the next several days as thunderstorms and cloudy skies make a presence over the area.
After a chillier summer for many across the country, fall is around the corner and large retailers have already been stocking the shelves with autumnal products.
When the right mix of heat and bacteria clashes with other natural and man-made factors, hazardous and unsightly conditions can arise in water areas across the country.
The next Atlantic tropical depression or storm may take shape in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche during the next couple of days.
Yuma, AZ (1950)
123 degrees - hottest temperature ever in Yuma. Yuma is the hottest city in the U.S.
Los Angeles, CA (1955)
110 degrees, hottest day ever in September. This mark was tied September 4, 1988.
Milwaukee, WI (1988)
Hottest summer on record. Six days of 100 degrees or greater and 36 days of 90 or above. Average temperature of 73.8 beat the old record of 72.8 set in 1921 and 1955. The normal average tempera- ture for a summer in Milwaukee is 68.3 degrees.