Record warmth for 2012

Another month, another heat milestone, another rain deficit.

With today's high of 87, July will finish with an official average temperature of 81.8 in Philadelphia, making it the third-warmest month on record.

Those of you with memories may recall that July 2011 was the warmest in the period of record, dating to 1874, at 82.3.

July 2012 just ran out of steam before it could catch No. 2 1994, 82.1, but did manage to creep past 2010, 81.7.

As mentioned, July 2012 tied a record for the most 90-plus days, 21, and, yes, it kept the string of 2012 months with rain deficits in tact.

Through the first seven months, Philadelphia's precipitation stands at 15.54 inches, or about two-thirds of the normal, 24.52.

Incidentally, that 15.54 is 3.77 inches shy of the total that fell just in the month of August last year.

One other hot note: The Jan. 1-July 31 period represented the warmest such period on record in Philadelphia.

The average temperature came in at 58.6, beating the 57.6 of 2010, and 57.5 of 1998.

We couldn't help but notice that nine of the 11 warmest January through June periods have occurred since 1990.