The seasonal average temperature was 22 C. nationwide. June and July were 2.1 C. and 2.2 C. warmer than usual, making June the third hottest and July the hottest since 1901, as the two months approached 23 C. However, the average temperature in August was 1 C. below average.
There was less rainfall than usual in all three months. June was the driest of the last 121 years, with only 22 percent of average monthly precipitation. July and August were 13 percent and 8 percent below, respectively.
Agricultural technology, big data, and other tech sectors continued speedy growth, according to a new report on the global state of entrepreneurship.