Bradford looking at warmest July on record

The setting summer sun reflects off the Zippo Manufacturing Co. office building on Barbour Street. It appears that July 2020 will be the hottest July on record in Bradford, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

With just one day left of July 2020, it looks like the month will be the warmest on record for Bradford.

As of Thursday evening, the average temperature for the month was 70.8 degrees, said Steve Travis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. He said the next closest July was in 2012, when the average temperature was 69.7.

Travis explained the average looks at both the lows and highs for each day.

While Bradford wasn’t necessarily seeing days with record highs, he said that “persistent warm weather,” along with mild nights, kept the average high. He said some of the hottest days were earlier in the month, when a high of 90 was reported on July 9, 88 on July 8 and 89 on July 6 and 7.

In addition to persistent heat, Bradford did not get a lot of rain in July, Travis added. However, the area got more rain “than some other parts of Pennsylvania.”

He talked about the drought monitor that classifies regions across the country on drought conditions.

Bradford, he said, is “abnormally dry” right now, but it’s not quite a drought.

Not everyone in Pennsylvania is so lucky, as some parts are experiencing drought conditions. In In State College where the local National Weather Service is located, the grass is pretty brown, according to Travis.

Bradford will be seeing a little reprieve from the heat as August begins. Thursday stayed in the 70s, and Travis said the forecast is calling for more days with high temperatures in the 70s next week instead of the 80s. Also, low temperatures will be dipping into the 50s.

It should be a “little more comfortable,” he said, though he noted the humidity will still be up a little. Bradford is “looking at some more chances of rain, too, over the next five to seven days,” particularly Sunday into Monday.

He is hopeful August will be more comfortable weather-wise than July.

While the National Weather Service is predicting high temperatures in the low 80s in Bradford through Sunday, by Monday they are anticipated to drop into the mid to high 70s. A mix of sun and rain is in the forecast, with possible thunderstorms Saturday through Monday.