July 2013 is primed to go into the record books as the hottest month on record in the Providence area, but that has not been the case for most of the country, especially in the final ten days of the month. Cool air has plunged into the Upper Midwest while the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have seen cooler, wetter weather since the extended heat wave in the middle of the month. In the past seven days, the temperature has averaged 3°F cooler than normal nationwide, with the core of the chilly air in middle of the country.
Between July 22-29, there were nearly four times more record low temperatures set than record highs in the United States.
The outlook for early August has a similar pattern with cooler than normal weather in the northern United States.