By ROBERT S. MERRILL
It was hot and dry last month and the area set a record for the driest June ever with only .06 of an inch of moisture recorded in Preston.
King Smith, who keeps official weather records for the National Weather Service, said that rainfall came on June 25.
“The last time it was this dry in June was in 1986 when .09 of an inch was recorded,” he said. “There were two days last month when we received a trace, but that didn’t add up to anything.”
Smith said the area also set and tied a few maximum temperature records last month as well.
“The high temperature for the month averaged 83.2 degrees and the normal is 77.9. On June 10 we reached a high of 91 and in 1956 the old record of 90 degrees was set for the same date.
“On June 18 we hit 91 degrees and in 1985 we hit 89 for the old record. On the June 28 we had a high of 98 degrees and the old record was set in 2004 at 96. On June 29 we reached 96 degrees and in 1966 it was 94. And on June 30, it was 96 degrees and the old record was set in 1979 when it reached 95.
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