July is peak summer in Alabama, with the average high temperatures soaring to 93°F (33.9°C) in the central and southern regions. The majority of the state sees average highs above 90°F (32.2°C) during the day, while the nights register in the range of 68°F (20°C) to 78°F (25.6°C). Fairhope and Bay Minette along the coast receive up to 8" (203mm) of precipitation, which gradually tapers going northward till it reaches 4" (102mm) in Huntsville in the north. The soil needs access to plenty of water to retain moistness in the growing season. Local floods and droughts occur regularly in many parts of the state. Moist Gulf air often brings thunderstorms in the afternoons in the southern region. Lakes and rivers are popular outing spots during the summer, along with the beaches of the Gulf shore. Even though there are plenty of activities, including hiking, biking, and bird-watching, it is prudent to avoid the afternoon heat. July is the time to avoid a visit to Alabama in the scorching sun, with a promise to mellow temperatures in the coming days.