Summer has been “heat wave free”

July 20th through the 27th is, on average, the hottest week of the year

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. Here in western Massachusetts, we’ve been “heat wave free” so far this summer.

In the past, we’ve had heat waves as early as May, and as late as August. Where we are now, in the middle of July, is typically the hottest week of the year in the Pioneer Valley.

Most residents told 22News, they’re not upset we’ve avoided the extreme heat. Vanessa Ruiz said, “I’m very happy actually. It’s just been very nice not having to just not have to be hot and sticky all day.It’s really been a lot more comfortable. A little more on the cooler side, more bareable.”

The global temperature has gone up by more than one degree since the 20th century, now at 61.2 degrees. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it’s driven by unusually hot oceans, especially the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest temperatures and weather updates, on-air and on WWLP.com.

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