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The summer of 1959 was the hottest summer ever in the history of Albany. There were 996 cooling degree days during the summer of 1959, compared to the normal of 550 cooling degree days. Cooling degrees are the number of degrees an air conditioning must lower the air temperature in a month to make the indoors a comfortable 65 degrees.

May 1959 – 150
May Normal – 15

June 1959 – 293
June Normal – 97

July 1959 – 293
July Normal – 219

August 1959 – 281
August Normal – 183

September 1959 – 171
September Normal – 33

October 1959 – 12
October Normal – 3

If you aren’t convinced that Albany was hot during the summer 1959, consider the fact that the temperature average for September 1959 was 82 degrees in Albany. That’s ten degrees above the September average of 72 degrees most years.

Twenty weeks from now — Thursday, June 21, 2017 — it will be the first day of summer.

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On the first day of summer, the average high temperature in Albany is 79 degrees with dusk not occurring until 9:11 PM.

As I described this day in 2016:

“Good morning! This Tuesday is the second day of summer. Mostly sunny and 69 degrees in Delmar. There is a west breeze at 13 mph. The dew point is a comfortable 51. Deep blue skies to the west but some clouds to the east. A pretty nice day is on tap. It will be sunny, with a high near 80. One degree above normal. West wind 11 to 13 mph. A bit breezy but hard to complain. The record high of 97 was set in 1938.”

Google Maps: Length Of Day

As we head closer to autumn, during August 15, the days become closer in length across the country, although still the days are longer as you head farther north. They will be nearly equal -- but not quite due to atmosphere bouncing the sun rays -- across the world come the first day of fall -- but for now, the days are still significantly longer in Alaska and the northern United States compared to Florida and Texas.