July this year was the hottest ever recorded in Key West — where officials have been keeping weather records since 1871.
The previous July record was set in 2007, with an average daily temperature of 86.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
This year topped that by one-tenth of a degree, to 86.9, according to the National Weather Service Key West office.
Four of the seven hottest Julys on the island have been in this century. But not all of them. The years 1967 and 1881 are still tied for third-hottest, at 86.7.
And there is some good news about this year's scorching heat. The dewpoints were lower, which means it felt slightly less sticky than last year and air conditioning bills might not be quite as high.