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Summer in Wisconsin was 18th hottest on record

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has just finished a summer season that was hotter than you might expect. 

The National Weather Service in La Crosse said the three-month season that ended Saturday was the 18th warmest on record, with an average temperature of around 72 degrees. That's almost 2 degrees warmer than normal. 

Unlike last summer -- when it seemed that it was boiling for months -- most of this year's intense heat didn't arrive until after the middle of August. 

From June 21st to August 18th, the average temperature in La Crosse was actually eight-tenths of a degree below the norm. Since August 18th, the average reading was 6 degrees above normal, close to 73 degrees.

That's the 3rd hottest stretch on record. Only 1947 and '48 were hotter. 

Also during the summer, La Crosse was short on rain like most of the Badger State. The total was 5 inches below normal, helping cause the return of drought conditions in the southwest two-thirds of Wisconsin. 

Forecasters say it will stay dry all week throughout the state. The next chance of rain is on Friday night. 

Until then, a high pressure system will give us clear to partly cloudy skies. 

Monday's highs are expected to be around 70. A slight warm up is expected around Wednesday.