ASPEN - The month of July brought monsoon season to Aspen.
Rainfall for the month totaled 2.38 inches, exceeding the average rainfall for July of 1.73 inches, according to data from the Aspen Water Department.
The wet weather allowed a host of agencies, including area counties and the U.S. Forest Service, to ease fire restrictions put in place early in the summer, when exceedingly dry conditions produced extreme wildfire danger.
According to the water department, July 1998 was the wettest on record, with 4.26 inches of rainfall, while 1958 produced the driest July on record, with only 0.14 inches of rain. The data goes back to 1951.
High temperatures in Aspen last month hovered in the 70s and 80s, except for one day, when the high was 69 degrees, according to the department. July 1 was the hottest day of the month, with a high of 87 degrees. The temperature dipped to 43 degrees on the night of July 17 - the coldest reading of the month.
The average high temperature for the month was 78.6 degrees, while the average low was 48.8 degrees.