Texas' July temps 13th hottest

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Rainfall in typically dry West Texas last month held down the state's temperature average while other parts of the Lone Star State baked.

National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy in Fort Worth said Friday that last month was the state's 13th hottest July. The average temperature was 84.1 degrees, 1.7 degrees above the 82.4-degree normal.

He says rainfall scattered across West Texas throughout the month kept it cool in those regions and evened out the scorching 100-degree days in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

The average Texas temperature through July was the eighth warmest at 66.6 degrees. The hottest seven-month span was in another drought year, 2006, when the average was 67.8 degrees.

Despite persistent drought in Central and South Texas, last month was the state's 27th wettest July.

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