WeatherTalk: The peak of summer varies from place to place

On average, our hottest time of the year is from mid-July to mid-August.

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FARGO — July is the peak summer month and the apex of the average temperature graph here in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. On average, our hottest time of the year is from mid-July to mid-August.

Of course, in any given summer, the hottest temperatures can happen at any time during the summer owing to the natural variability of weather. It is not the same everywhere, however.

Across the deserts of the American Southwest, the hottest temperatures are usually in June, before the hot temperatures begin to draw humidity in from the Gulf of Baja.

In Texas, the hottest days are usually in late August, when the ground has become parched after a summer’s worth of evaporation.

Along coastal areas of California, the so-called Santa Ana winds bring the hottest weather of the year from the deserts up and over the Coast Ranges during October and November.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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