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How hot is it this summer? One of the three hottest since 1950 so far.

Temperatures in June and the first week of July make this summer so far one of the top-three in the continental United States since 1950, say meteorologists.

File photo of farmer Scott Wason holds a stalk of wheat during the harvest on his property near Roma.

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As the month draws to an end, it's clear that July continued the trend for unusually warm weather for the United States.

Temperatures in June and the first week of July qualified this summer so far as one of the top-three hottest summers in the continental United States since 1950, said Bob Smerbeck, a senior meteorologist at

"I think it has a chance to get into the top three whether it is the top one remains to be seen, we still have the rest of July and August," Smerbeck told LiveScience.

An article in the news suggesting this month was on track to surpass the all-time record set in July 1936 is incorrect, Jake Crouch, a climate scientist here at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, told LiveScience in an email. That statement, which appeared in USA Today, was the result of an inaccurate interpretation of weather data, he wrote. [Dry and Dying: Images of Summer Drought]

"However, July has been warmer than average, and it is likely that the month will conclude with July temperatures above the 20th-century average. At this time we cannot say with any certainty how much above average the July temperatures [it] will be," Crouch wrote.


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