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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Summer is typically hot and steamy in St. Louis. Not this summer, and the cooler-than-usual weather is hurting attendance at many St. Louis area pools and water parks.

Maplewood Family Aquatic Center manager Robert Perks told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) that this has been the slowest summer he can remember. Assistant City Manager Anthony Traxler says pool attendance is down 7 percent.

The average July temperature in St. Louis is 3.3 degrees below normal. Many days have been much cooler. Consider July 15, when the high last year was 91. This year, the high was 74.

The mild weather has been good for some attractions, though. Attendance at Missouri Botanical Garden is up 43 percent from July 2013, and nearly 150 percent from the scorching summer of 2012.