It was my impression that July wasn't horrible. This might reflect the fact that I lived through the European June heat wave or that we did have the occasional cool day to break up the July low-variability monotony. However, a look at the numbers shows that the average temperature at the Salt Lake City Airport this July was still remarkably warm compared to the past. It rates as the 9th warmest since 1874. And, just to illustrate that you aren't living in your grandparents climate, there wasn't a single July as warm as this one until 2003. In other words, this July was hotter than any July on record in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
|Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers|
Elsewhere in July, probably the two biggest stories globally have been the extreme warmth observed in late July in Europe, during which all-time high temperatures were recorded in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, as well as significant melting events on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) provides a summary here. June 2019 rated as the warmest on record, and I suspect July will rate amongst the warmest if not the warmest.
Thus, it's good to have July in the rearview mirror.