July was a warm month across eastern Iowa. The above normal temperatures in eastern Iowa extended east across many states.
There were two record temperatures broken this month. The records were record warm lows. During the middle of the month is was hot and humid during the day and at night it didn’t cool off very much because it was so humid.
On the 19th, Iowa City only dropped to 80 degrees for the low. This is the warmest low temperature for the day. The previous record was 78 in 2011. That same morning the low in Waterloo was 79. This is also the warmest low temperature for the day. The previous record was 78 in 2011.
Now when it comes to rain, it depends on where you live. Far northeast east Iowa had above normal rainfall. Much of the central and southern part of Iowa had below normal rainfall.
The the dry weather has put parts of Iowa in the abnormally dry category on the Drought Monitor. The data was released this morning. Not much rain is in the forecast through Tuesday so when the next update comes on Thursday the abnormally dry area might expand a little.