Swim in morning. High of 102°F, then cool front at 3 p.m. dropped us to 81; no rain.
The NOAA says (source) that July 2012 was not only the hottest July ever recorded in the U.S., but the hottest month the country has ever seen, finally eclipsing the 1936 record. Every month so far this year has been the hottest for that particular month since records have been kept (1895). Additionally, the past 12 months have been the hottest 12 month period on record.
From our localized perspective here in Central Texas, this July was significantly less hot than last July, and quite a bit wetter. We only had seven days this July that reached 100°F and it rained half the month. The previous July, we had zero precipitation and we surpassed 100 degrees on every day of the month except the first and the 10th (29 days over 100°F).