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Hot weather in July, of course that’s no surprise. July averages the greatest number of days with 90 or above – a total of five at most locations in the valleys – not exactly staggering. That’s why heat waves perhaps catch so much attention here, while places in the south shrug it off. It was getting tough to shrug off the heat over a century ago on this date, in 1917, when the second round of 90 degree weather in a week sent thermometers climbing to 97 in St. Johnsbury, VT.