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Summer of 2016 Nights Hottest in More Than a Century, Data Shows

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The summer nights of 2016 were the hottest on record since 1895. (Juliya Vitcenko/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 09 Sep 2016 08:54 PM

The summer nights of 2016 were the hottest in the last 121 years, failing to cool as much as normal due to humidity, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The NOAA data released Thursday showed the average nighttime temperature this summer — June, July, and August — cooled to only 60.8 degrees, about 2.4 degrees above average, The Arizona Republic reported.

"The reason for the nighttime swelter, especially in the East, was unusually high levels of humidity due to a persistent flow of moisture-laden air off the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean," The Arizona Republic said. "Temperatures don't drop as much at night when the atmosphere is humid."

That humidity also led to the 24th wettest summer on record with precipitation 0.60 inches above average, the NOAA said. Perhaps no states felt that more acutely than West Virginia, Maryland, and Louisiana, where deadly flooding devastated residents this summer.

The NOAA data also showed the summer of 2016 was the fifth hottest since the record-keeping began in January 1895. "No state saw a cooler-than-average season," the Republic said, and California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut saw record heat.

More than 58 million people were affected by 10 or more 100-degree days, according to the data.

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