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Boston had a dry summer. How dry? Try fourth driest ever.

Jake Folin Lunney, 11, floats in Frog Pond earlier this month amid Boston's oppressively dry summer.Erin Clark / Globe Staff

Boston has had its fourth driest summer on record, with just 4.42 inches of precipitation in the past three months, the National Weather Service said.

In an average summer, Boston receives 10.39 inches of rainfall. “We’re well below that normal range,” weather service meteorologist Bill Leatham said.

Boston’s driest summer came in 2016, when the city saw a paltry 3.92 inches of rain. The wettest came in 1955, when nearly 25 inches of rain fell, Leatham said.

The weather service compares annual precipitation for the months of June, July, and August.

Massachusetts has dealt with punishing drought conditions this summer. Nearly the entire state remained under severe or extreme drought last week, according to the US Drought Monitor’s weekly report released Aug. 25. The next report is due out Thursday.


The Aug. 25 report said 96 percent of the state was facing severe or extreme conditions, up from 94 percent during the prior week.

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