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August ranked as 4th-coolest on record amid mildest summer since 2000

The statistics are in, and one of Baltimore's coolest months of August on record helped make it the mildest summer here since 2000.

The average temperature at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in August was 72.5 degrees. That made it the coolest month of what was a chilly summer overall, though on average, it is typically the second-coolest month of the year behind July.

It was Baltimore's coolest August since 1992 and the fourth coolest on record. August 1927 and August 1903 rank as the first- and second-coolest, respectively. Record keeping goes back to 1870.

The overall summer average temperature at BWI, the point of record for Baltimore, was 73.8 degrees, the coolest there since the airport averaged 73 degrees in Summer 2000. This summer's average ranks as the 16th-mildest on record.

Though the eastern U.S. was an anomalous pocket of cool temperatures, globally, temperatures are still well above average. July was the fourth-warmest on record across the globe, for example, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

This summer meanwhile continued a trend of remarkable precipitation levels. Through August (with its 7.9 inches of rain), more than 38 inches of rain has fallen at BWI this year. That is 11 inches above normal and the 11th-wettest for any year on record from January through August.

It is the wettest start to any year since 2003.

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