Hotter-than-normal weather kept the snow from falling most of last winter, burned crops and sent residents indoors this summer seeking air-conditioning. So it should come as no surprise that it's one for the record books.

The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University confirmed as much Tuesday, reporting that January to July 2012 has been the warmest seven-month period for the region since record-keeping began in 1895.

Over the course of the year, Bridgeport broke record highs for maximum temperatures on 10 days, according to the National Climactic Data Center. Stamford set 11 record highs.

According to National Weather Service data, 2012 temperatures in Bridgeport exceeded monthly averages by more than 4.4 degrees.

For area residents, the report only confirmed what they already knew: This year has been hot.

"I've been fine, but I've been staying inside to beat the heat, and my daughter has been staying inside, too." said Jeremiah Keitt, of Bridgeport.

Tony Fields, who lives downtown, agreed, and offered a piece of advice. "My apartment has AC, and it's nice," he said. "Stay inside and watch TV and the VCR all day."