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2012 started off hot, and July has followed in step, besting the 20th century average by 3.3 degrees to be the hottest July yet, and the hottest of any month the U.S. has yet recorded.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noted that the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during July was 77.6 degrees, besting the previous warmest July in 1936 when the average temperature was 77.4 degrees.
The warm July temperatures contributed to a record-warm first seven months of the year and the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since record keeping began in 1895.
The trend carried through again in South Carolina, where we saw the third warmest month.
This weekend's forecast you ask? The same as what's being forecast for the rest of August in the U.S. and Southeast: hot.