Consistently hot weather helped make this June one for the record books.
The past 30 days mark the first June on record in which temperatures in the region broke 90 degrees every day, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Charleston office.
"Part of it is the lack of rain," meteorologist Vern Beaver said. "The ground gets drier and then heats more quickly."
Exact temperatures for northern and southern Beaufort County were not available, said Beaver, who provided data for the nearby Savannah area.
The Savannah-Hilton Head area is in "extreme drought" right now, with only 2.19 inches of rain from June 1 to 28, Beaver said.
That's almost three inches less than in the average June, he said.
However, even with the long stretch of days topping 90 degrees, this is not the hottest June on record, meteorologist Brett Cimbora said. June 1981 holds that distinction, with an average daily high temperature of 95.4 degrees, Cimbora said.
June 1952 and June 2011 were tied for the second-hottest June on record as of Wednesday, with an average daily high temperature of 94.7 degrees, he said.
"Today's high might not help the average because it just got to 90 degrees," Cimbora said Thursday.
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- First day of summer brings heat -- and danger, June 21, 2011
- Beaufort County moved to moderate drought status, June 17, 2011