July didn't quite feel like mid-summer in Baltimore, with persistently cool air making it one of the mildest in years.
The average temperature of 75.6 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the coolest there since 2009 and the 17th-mildest on record, according to National Weather Service data.
And it continues a below-normal temperature trend that has persisted all year – seven months through 2014, the year is pacing to be the 12th-coolest on record here. After the first four months of the year were each markedly more frigid than usual, May and June were both warmer than normal.
The lack of typical summer heat has been noticeable. Only six days hit 90 degrees or hotter last month, the fewest in July since 2009 and far fewer than the norm of 12 and the tallies of 20 or more from 2010-2012.
Temperatures sunk into the 50s seven times at BWI, matching or breaking low-temperature records on five of those occasions.
And July 18, Baltimore marked two years without hitting triple-digit temperatures. Based on climate forecasts, that streak is looking likely to continue into 2015.
While temperatures were moderate, precipitation was, as well. At 2.8 inches, rainfall was more than an inch below normal, helping to lessen a significant surplus of rain that led to widespread flooding earlier this year.