June was hot, but not the hottest

CHARLESTON  — Chances are at least once during the month of June you engaged in a conversation with somebody about the heat. 

While it was certainly hotter than usual, record keepers at the National Weather Service said it was well short of any record territory.  

“In general, it was a warm month across the state. Overall, in general, we were probably one to three degrees above normal, but that does not put us into record-breaking territory,” said Meteorologist Gabe Wawrn, at the National Weather Service in Charleston.  

Beckley was tied for the eighth warmest June on record. Elkins had the seventh warmest June in its history. According to Wawrn, several other reporting stations around the state were in the top 20 for warmest Junes in history.  

Along with being hot, it was also dry. Record keepers said precipitation was one to three inches below normal. That made for the fifth driest June on record for Elkins, and Parkersburg was just outside the top 10.  

But back to the heat. While it wasn’t a record, it was still plenty uncomfortable for those who had to work outside “Charleston had a streak of eight days where the temperature was 90 degrees or higher. The last time that happened was July of 2020,” said Wawrn.  

Going forward, the trend is predicted to continue. Although the month of July came in like it was early October, it won’t last. Wawrn said the forecast is for above average temperatures in West Virginia, but certainly well short of any July heat records.  

Forecasters said the return of that intense heat will stretch into this holiday weekend. 

In Morgantown, AccuWeather recorded 17 days in the 80s in June in Morgantown. There were six days in the 90s. Meteorologists are calling for a high of 90 in Morgantown today. Expect humidity and a possible thunderstorm. Saturday will see a high of 88 with a morning shower. Sunday will be sunny with some clouds and a high of 87. The work week will start with 91 degrees on Monday and 88 Tuesday.