Temperatures began soaring over 100-degrees toward the end of June. State Climatologist Jim Angel says more than 50 communities across the state set new heat records.

Angel comments

June was hotter than normal, but it wasn't the hottest on record. When you add up temperatures for all the days of the month, you get 72-degress. The record is 78-point-five, set back in 1934. Only one point eight inches of rain fell across the state last month, which has taken a dangerous toll on crops. That's less than half of what the state normally sees during the month of June.

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