It's a big contrast from last summer.

With July in the weather record books, this summer has so far surpassed last year's in terms of heat.

"We were significantly above normal," National Weather Service observer David K. Mattice of Emmons said Sunday.

The normal mean temperature for July, which factors in the temperature range from high to low, is 67.4 degrees, Mattice said.

But for July 2010 it was 70.1 degrees, he said. "That's significant."

Starting around the Fourth of July and lasting late into the month, there were more than 20 days with a high temperature above 80 degrees. Last summer there were only one or two, he said.

"The first couple days of the month were in the 60s, and the end of the month was cooler," Mattice said.

The thermometer peaked at 92 degrees July 8, according to Mattice's records.

Rainfall in the area varied with the nature of the "hit-and-miss" thunderstorms that account for much of the precipitation.

In Oneonta, there was slightly below normal rainfall for the

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month with 3.74 inches recorded, Mattice said.

The normal is 3.93 inches.

"It depends where you live," he said.

Although in this area June was slightly cooler than normal, the Northeast recorded one of the warmest springs on record, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.

The Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for above-normal temperatures in August, September and October. The center is also forecasting an equal chance of above- or below-normal precipitation.

The National Weather Service is predicting a start to August similar to what was seen in July. Temperatures will push into the mid-80s this week and be accompanied by high humidity before dropping to about 80 for the weekend and beyond, according to the NWS forecast.

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