With sunshine, temperatures once again made it above average with highs in the middle 80s and low 90s. In fact, temperatures this month are a month or two ahead of schedule, as we typically have our hottest days during July and August.
It seems once June hit, the temperatures soared. We had many days with 90-degree heat during the first two weeks of the month with days of 100 degrees reported in Aberdeen, Pierre and Mobridge. Though we are looking at signs of cooler weather this weekend, it won't take away from the fact that the first half of June was hot.
Our average highs for the first half of the month range from the middle 80s in Watertown to 90 in Mitchell. Sioux Falls has an average high of 88 so far this month.
When compared to the climate average, we're above by 10 to 14 degrees. The hottest spots are in northern South Dakota with Aberdeen and Mobridge, which are 14 degrees above average. Remember that's the area with the driest ground in South Dakota.
Our recent rains have helped those dry spots lately, with another round on the way for weekend, as well as cooler temperatures.
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We've been baking in the summer heat this week.