Unlike last year, when August was unseasonably warm, this year’s August temperatures were close to normal.

In the larger markets of the Northeast and Midwest, seasonal temperatures prevailed after a scorching July. Even the hottest cities in those regions — Hartford Conn., Norfolk Va., and Philadelphia — registered monthly temperatures only slightly above seasonal.

The Western/Mountain zone was actually slightly cooler than normal, with San Diego recording the lowest August temperatures in that region compared to normal.

The Southeast and Southwest saw slightly warmer-than-normal temperatures, most notably in Birmingham Ala., Dallas, and Houston.

Drier-than-normal conditions were seen throughout much of the country. In cities across the nation, save those in the Northeast, rainfall was significantly below normal, with few exceptions — most notably Albuquerque N.M., Denver, and Omaha Neb.

Heavier-than-normal rainfall in the Northeast in late August provided much-needed relief for most cities from severe drought conditions, though Boston and Hartford continued to suffer from lack of rain.

This exclusive News’ summary of last month’s weather is based on an analysis of weather in 10 major metropolitan areas in each of five geographic regions of the United States. These cities represent 50 of the most important markets in terms of overall national retail sales of consumer products.

Source: Strategic Weather Services, Wayne, Pa. For information on tailored weather analysis and customized advisory services for retailers, manufacturers, and distributors of weather-dependent products, call 610-640-9485.