June was a below-average month weatherwise, and now Lawrence finds itself 2 inches short of precipitation for the year.
Lawrence received only 4.06 inches of rain during the month, well below the norm of 5.49 inches. June marked the second consecutive month that the city received less than its normal amount of rain.
For the year, Lawrence has measured 15.81 inches of precipitation, which is 2.03 inches less than the year-to-date amount of 17.84 inches. On May 1, the city stood 1.98 inches ahead of its year-to-date amount.
The wettest day of the month was last Wednesday, when 1.63 inches of rain fell. Measurable precipitation was recorded on 12 days during the month.
The average temperatures for the month also were below normal. The actual average high was 78.3 degrees, which is 7.6 degrees cooler than the 85.9 norm. The average low was 61.9 degrees, slightly less than the historical average of 64.3 degrees.
The warmest day of the month was June 23, with a high reading of 90. The coolest morning temperature recorded was 53 on June 7.
July, which historically is the second wettest month of the year with an average rainfall of 4.45 inches, could get off to a damp start by Thursday. Mark Mitchell, Kansas University weather service forecaster, is calling for a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms during the day Thursday and a 30 percent chance in the evening. Rain may linger in the area early Friday, he said.
But the rest of the Fourth of July weekend is shaping up as dry and slightly cooler than usual. No rainfall is forecast after Friday morning, and Mitchell predicts high temperatures in the 80s during the three-day weekend with lows in the 60s.
July's average high temperature is 91.3 degrees and its normal low is 68.8 degrees, making it the warmest month of the year in Lawrence.