July is the hottest month of the year in North Dakota, with the average high temperatures in the range of 80°F (26.7°C) to 87°F (30.6°C). Few places pass the 100°F (37.8°C) mark in the south, and that too, for a day or two. Sunny days are ample along with 3" (76mm) to 4" (102mm) of rainfall in the month. The increase in tourist numbers keeps a healthy competition for a place on the camping grounds. The growing season is in full swing with ample rain and sunshine. Summer is the time of rodeos, and the cowboy hats are a perfect shield from the scorching sun. Watch birds and animals in their natural settings in at least one of the 65 wildlife refuges in the state. The slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains offer spectacular views of flora and fauna during the warm summer days. Mornings and evenings are better for outdoor activities. Keep an eye on the weather for storms in July in North Dakota.