FORT WAYNE — July just didn’t feel like, well, July.
You probably already knew that before you read this, but the National Weather Service confirmed Friday that last month was the second-coldest July on record in Fort Wayne.
“In the last 100 years, it’s only been that cool twice,” said Evan Bentley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in North Webster.
Fort Wayne’s average temperature for the month was only 69 degrees, putting it a little more than 4.5 degrees cooler than the normal average July temperature.
The coldest July on record was in 2009 with an average temperature of 68.9 degrees.
The National Weather Service’s records date back to 1897.
July 17 – a Thursday – had a record low temperature for that date of 48 degrees, breaking the old record of 51 degrees on July 17, 1976.
With a high temperature of 89 degrees on July 22, it was only the ninth time since 1912 that July did not have a 90-degree day, according to the National Weather Service website.
“It’s pretty significant in the grand scheme of things,” Bentley said.
The unusually temperate weather has brought a change in the use of Fort Wayne’s parks.
Attendance at the city’s pools was a little less than usual for July, according to Natalie Eggeman, spokesperson for the Parks and Recreation Department.
However, the same cool temps that drove fewer people to the water brought more than usual to other parks properties. Eggeman said attendance increased at parks for other outdoor activities, bolstered by the lack of stifling summer temperatures.
“A cool July around here is good news … if you don’t like it sweltering hot,” Bentley said.
The summer started out a little warmer, with June recording an average temperature of nearly 2 degrees warmer.
The coolness of July could likely linger into August, where the monthly outlook shows a chance for temperatures a little cooler than normal, Bentley said.
Prompting this weather pattern is a closed low pressure system across Canada north of the Great Lakes that is directing cold northern air to the Midwest.
Conversely, Indiana’s usually hot summers are powered by air from the Gulf of Mexico and tropics.
“They’re completely different air masses,” Bentley said.