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Temperature, Through Wednesday July 19

Today is expected to reach 87 degrees in the city, which is about 5 degrees above normal -- and today isn't the hottest week of the year. Today's average high is 82 degrees, but come tomorrow, the average moves up to 83 degrees, which is the hottest average we get in Albany during summer. Then another big warm up next week. Two weeks of this nice warmth weather average, and then see slowly, but in an accelerating rate start heading to cold of autumn and winter.

July 2016 High Temperatures

July is typically the warmest month of the year in Albany, with high temperatures averaging around 82 or 83 degrees for most of the month. Last year, July had temperatures most of the month above average -- but not that much above average. We did not break any records in 2016, but it still was a relatively warm July with many days in the upper 80s and low 90s.

The History of the 4th of July

On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.

Silent Sparks

"As daylight drains from the summer sky, a cool breeze rustles through a hay-scented New England meadow. Relaxing in the long grass, even the keenest observer might miss the miniature army that’s now awakening from its daytime slumber. One by one, tiny male fireflies are creeping upward along grass highways. They pause at each apex, ready to lift off like silent Black Hawks. But as they prepare for their nightly search missions, these firefly males aren’t motivated by military conquest. Their quest? Genetic immortality. They’re hell-bent on procreation, driven by an urgent need to propel their genes into the next firefly generation. These resolute males are destined to spend every night of their short adult lives valiantly broadcasting their luminous signals. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against them as they head off into the night looking for love."

Google Maps: Sunset On June 23

Across most of New York State, tonight (June 23rd) is the latest sunset of the year. This is because while on June 22nd the sunrise has started to occur later (making the days about 15 seconds shorter), the evenings have kept picking up a handful of seconds. Today, that changes. Sunset tonight will be at 8:37 PM in Albany, and will start occurring about 4 seconds earlier on Saturday night, as we start the slow but continuous progress towards winter, and the shortest days of the year.

The latest sunset in New York tonight will be in the Town of Porter, Niagara County on Lake Ontario. There the sun will set at 8:59 PM. The earliest sunset will be at 8:24 PM in the Town of East Hampton, Suffolk County, which is commonly known the "Hamptons".

Happy Summer!