Cord Fowler wanted to get together a disc golf game this week at Dolese Park in Oklahoma City.
Bearing in mind how hot it's been the last couple of summers, Fowler, of Yukon, planned to meet his friends at 9 a.m. to beat the heat. Then he got up, and it was in the high 60s. They slept in and played through the hottest part of the day, with temperatures never getting above 85 degrees.
“It's been incredible,” Fowler said. “The last couple of years, it's just been so hot that we didn't really want to play. It's no fun when it's that hot. This year, it's been great. It's in the 80s in July.”
Temperatures have been slightly below normal in the last couple of months, but compared with the two previous summers, it's been downright tolerable.
Oklahoma City has yet to see the temperature hit 100 degrees this year. There were four days of triple-digit heat in June 2012 and 11 in June 2011.
In 2011, the state set a record for the highest average temperature for a U.S. state since records started being kept in 1895.
Oklahoma City broke its record for the most 100-degree days in a year, with most of July and August in the triple digits.
Last year wasn't as hot on average, but temperatures still were well above normal, and a heat wave in late July and early August saw 18 straight days of triple-digit heat, peaking at 113 degrees on Aug. 3, tying the city's record temperature.
National Weather Service meteorologist Erin Maxwell said May's average temperatures were below normal, and June's were right at the average.
“The problem with comparing it to last year and the year before is it was so extreme,” Maxwell said.
The forecast for July calls for average temperatures, with August and September likely a little above average, Maxwell said.
“It still may mean we are overall cooler than the last two years because they were well above average,” she said.
“At least so far, we are starting out with a good trend.”
Fowler and his friends said they could get used to mild summers.
One of those who joined in the disc golf game with was Garrett Long, of Harrisburg, N.C. Long said he is visiting his grandparents in Oklahoma City just as he did in 2011.
“When we were driving in to Oklahoma that year, we just saw brown, dead grass everywhere,” Long said. “It was so hot. This year it was green and nice. It's beautiful right now.”