How hot was it? Not enough to crack into the top ten hottest Junes on record.
It was 65 years ago that a June in the Hannibal area was as hot as it was this year.
That's according to data released by the National Weather Service, which collects data at Quincy, Ill., the closest location to Hannibal.
But although it's been decades since a June was as hot as 2018, this year's heat won't rank in the top ten warmest Junes on record.
2018's warmth will rank 11th — behind several years in the 1930s and 1910s, and just ahead of the previous 11th-ranked month, June 1953. The warmth of the month comes on the heels of the hottest May on record, positioning 2018 to be one of the warmest years for the area in recent memory.
The average temperature in June in Quincy was 77.2 degrees. The warmest day was June 18, when the mercury hit 96 degrees. Hannibal itself could have recorded even higher temperatures. The top two record Junes were 1934 and 1933, when the average temperatures were 83.1 and 81.1 degrees respectively. Conversely, 1982 hold the records for the coldest June, with average temperatures at 66.4 degrees.
The heat is taking a toll on farmers according to National Agricultural Statistics Service’s weekly report from the Columbia field office. More than 50 percent of the state is short or very short of topsoil moisture, 14 percent of the corn crop is rated poor or very poor and 74 percent of livestock producers report a hay shortage.
Long-range forecasts issued Saturday and Sunday by the National Weather Service show most of the country, including Missouri, should expect to remain above average in July. Tony Lupo, chair of atmospheric science at the University of Missouri, said he doesn’t expect another month of record or near-record heat.
July 1934 holds the record for the hottest month on record in Quincy, at an average of 88.4, meaning the nights were hot and the days nearly unbearable.
The Columbia Daily Tribune contributed to this report.