The Oklahoma Climatological Survey shows the summer heat has continued throughout July for the majority of Oklahomans.

According to the survey at least one triple-digit temperature in Oklahoma was reached on 25 of this month's 31 days.

The data from Oklahoma Mesonet showed the statewide average temperature at 82.8 degrees which is 1.3 degrees above normal making this the 43rd warmest July on record, which dates back to 1895.

Although the temperatures show that it is indeed hot, the high humidity increases the heat index values to well into the dangerous range.

Using the Mesonet's 121 stations the survey had "984 instances of daily maximum heat indexes of at least 105 degrees and 89 times at or above 110 degrees."

The summer season, from June 1 to August 31, is two degrees above the norm ranking this the 24th warmest June-July recorded.

The northern half of the state faced above normal rainfall averages. Thirty-four Mesonet sites recorded a minimum of five inches of rain during July.

Central through East Central Oklahoma totaled 6-9 inches of rain according to the survey.

Other parts were not as fortunate. Southeastern parts of the state did not even register an inch of rain in July.

Due to the heavy rains from central through the northeastern part of the state, the spread of flash droughts was halted.

According to the survey, the lack of rain across southern Oklahoma led to flash drought in that region.

"The July 5 U.S. Drought Monitor report had four percent of the state in moderate drought and an additional 15 percent in the abnormally dry conditions- a drought precursor," the survey notes.

The end of the month drought monitor reported over 9 percent of the state in a moderate drought, the majority being in the southeastern part of the state.

Several state lakes recently showed signs of drought stress, according to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) expects the heat to continue through August with increased odds of above normal temperatures for the eastern half of Oklahoma and below normal precipitation in the southeast.

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