If you thought July was unusually hot, you’d be right.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the statewide average maximum temperature for the month was 2.1 degrees above average — the third warmest on record and the warmest July for 20 years.
Temperatures were more than 1 degree above average across most of the state, with 87 per cent of the state recording temperatures in the warmest 10 per cent across the years.
Not surprisingly, July warm spell records were broken at several locations, including a record six nights above 10 degrees at Wagga Wagga and eight nights above 10 degrees at Cobar.
Local records were less obvious and included a mean temperature of 18.8 degrees at the Parramatta North (Masons Drive) station — 1.7 degrees different from average.
At Prospect Reservoir the mean temperature recorded in July was 18.4 degrees — 1.6 degrees higher than average.
Some may have also noticed plants and trees, confused by extended warm spells amid bouts of cooler weather, blossoming before they’re supposed to.
■ What plants have you noticed blooming early?