BOSTON — Weather officials say summer 2016 was the driest ever recorded for Boston and last month was the hottest ever measured in the city.

The Boston Globe reports ( ) just 3.92 inches of rain fell in Massachusetts’ capital city during the meteorological summer, which begins at the start of June and runs through the end of August.

The previous record low for rainfall was 3.97 inches back in 1957.

National Weather Service records, which go back to 1872, show that this past August was the hottest Bostonians ever endured. The most sweltering stretch came in the middle of the month, when temperatures reached 90 or higher from Aug. 11 through Aug. 15.

The summer as a whole is tied with 2010 as the fourth warmest ever recorded.

Information from: The Boston Globe,

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