Data: July hottest month on record in Oklahoma

August 1, 2011 - 2:13 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — July has set a record as the hottest month ever recorded in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey said Monday the average temperature in the state in July was 89.1 degrees, breaking the record of 88.1 degrees set in July 1954. The normal temperature is 81.6 degrees, according to the survey. Its records date to 1895.

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Curl in Norman says this week could be the hottest of the year, and temperatures could get close to 110 degrees or even a little warmer. Curl says it may be September before the state sees any relief.

The heat has been blamed for at least nine deaths in Oklahoma this year, with seven other possible heat deaths pending.