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Temperatures are rising: summer is finally here


April showers may have been a couple of months late, but today — at nearly 80 degrees and sunny — is the stereotypical “first day of summer” day.

Rain was sparse until this month and the temperature shifted from lion to lamb over the course of the spring months.

“On April 21, you tied the record for low temperatures at 22 degrees,” said Buffalo National Weather Service meteorologist David R. Thomas, referring to Jefferson County temperatures. “Then May closed out with an 88-degree reading. It was the warmest temperature ever in May in Watertown.”

Watertown had a fairly average spring. March’s average was 32.3 degrees, about 1.7 above average. April was only 0.1 degree below average at 43.8 degrees. May’s temperatures shot up more than 20 degrees, hitting a 68.1-degree average — 3.5 degrees above normal.

“It was the seventh-warmest May on record in Watertown,” said Mr. Thomas.

Jefferson County received 6.32 inches of rain until June, he said. In the past few weeks, 5 inches of rain has fallen. The average is 2.85 inches for the entire month.

“We had a good amount of rainy days to start the month off with,” said Mr. Thomas.

Lowville’s temperature pattern remained below average until May. March’s average was 27 degrees, 1.4 degrees above normal. April was 1.6 degrees below average at a 40.8 degree average. May’s temperature, 56.4 was 2.2 degrees above average.

From March to May, about 7.5 inches of rain fell over Lowville.

“The temperatures are going to change here this weekend,” Mr. Thomas said. “We’re going to see temperatures rise in the 80s. Cool, dry nights won’t be occurring anymore.”

He predicts the summer will be just like most the north country tends to have.

“There’s no clear indication in the jet stream to indicate a much warmer or cooler summer,” he said. “The precipitation will be pretty typical with pop-up showers and thunderstorms.”

In St. Lawrence County, Massena saw a range of temperatures and below-average rainfall, according to Burlington NWS meteorologist Paul A. Sisson.

In March, the average temperature was 29.9 degrees, 1.8 degrees above normal. The average temperature in April was 42.8, 1.5 degrees below normal. May was 2.2 degrees above average at 57.7 degrees.

Total precipitation from March to May was 6.05 inches. June brought another 5.6 inches of rain to the county.

“For June, it is currently the fifth wettest June on record, behind the record of 6.27 inches in June of 1993,” Mr. Sisson said in an email.

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