The rainy season started June 1 but you wouldn’t know it.

It’s been dry, hot and humid in Citrus County all month and the data is in to prove it. Normally, Citrus receives 7.8 inches of rain in June. With two-thirds of the month already over, we’ve only received about 2.6 inches.

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Michael D. Bates is a staff writer with the Citrus County Chronicle and can be reached at