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Temperatures are rising: summer is finally here

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April showers may have been a couple 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, making the mercury swell to heights the north country has never seen.

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

In St. Lawrence County, Massena saw a range of temperatures and below-average rainfall, according to Burlington National Weather Service 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,” said Mr. Sisson in an email.

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 temperature 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.

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.”

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