The hot July of 2012 will end with another round of hot and potentially stormy weather, as daytime highs rise into the low 30s once again this afternoon. This will mark the 14th day this month with highs of 30c or more at Winnipeg airport, the most since July 2006 which had 16 days. (record is 17 days of 30c or more in July 1936). July will end up with a monthly average just over 22c, over 2.5C above the normal July mean of 19.5C, and our 13th consecutive month that has averaged above normal. Today's hot weather will also lead to the potential for another round of strong thunderstorms later today into this evening as a disturbance tracks across southern Manitoba. The greatest threat will be over southwest MB late today with storms possibly spreading into the Red River valley this evening.
UPDATE: July 2012 ended with a monthly mean of 22.3C at YWG airport, 5th warmest July on record in Winnipeg since records began in 1872. It was the city's hottest July since 1936, our hottest July on record at 24.2C. It was also only 0.1C from being Winnipeg's second hottest July on record.
Top 5 warmest Julys in Winnipeg (since 1872)
1. 1936 .... 24.2C
2. 1935 .... 22.4C
1916 .... 22.4C
1914 .... 22.4C
5. 2012 .... 22.3C
July 2012 was also the hottest month on record in the contiguous United States, beating the former record holder of July 1936.