April 20, 2024

Here’s Where Other Daily Records Fell

An unrelenting series of summer heat waves broke single-day temperature records across the South and Southwest this summer, shattering long-standing records in major cities across the country, as “dangerously” hot conditions this week from California to Florida.

July 22Salt Lake City set a daily record high with a thermometer reading 105 degrees, and Phoenix yet another version daily record high at 118 degrees – marking 23 straight days with daily highs in the city above 110 degrees.

July 21DegreeTexas, its daily record for the fifth straight day, with a daily high of 107.

July 20Phoenix expanded its streak of 110-plus-degree days to 21, another daily temperature record was broken at 115 degrees, and FlagstaffArizona, set a daily record at 90 degrees, according to National Weather Service data.

July 19Phoenix broke the latest in a string of daily temperature records amid a historic heat wave in the Southwest, with the temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport reaching 119 degrees, the hottest day since 2017 and the fourth hottest day on record—FlagstaffArizona, also a daily record at 92 degrees, as did DegreeTexas (111), TucsonArizona (112) and Baton RougeLouisiana (98).

July 18Phoenix set a record for most consecutive days with highs of 110 degrees or higher, matching the mark for 19th day in a rowwith temperatures hitting 118 degrees – a daily record – and it Death Valley broke his daily record at a whopping 128 degrees, TucsonArizona, its daily record at 112, Las Vegas setting a daily record (100) and Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Fort Worth and Saint AnthonyTexas, broke both daily records at 107, 101, 109, 110 and 104 degrees, respectively.

July 17Las Vegas broke a daily record at 96 degrees, and FlagstaffArizona, his record (94) and four Texas cities –Saint Anthony, Austin, Degree and Fort Worth—they broke their daily records at 104, 108, 109 and 108, respectively.

July 16Salt Lake City go over its daily record high, when the temperature hit 106 degrees, and Daddy of the RoseCalifornia, daily record (99 degrees), FlagstaffArizona, its daily record (96 degrees), so did Body of ChristTexas (103 degrees), MobileAlabama (98), Baton RougeLouisiana (100), AustinTexas (106), DegreeTexas (105), Sacramento (109) and Reno, Nevada (108)—Carson CityNevada, its previous daily record of 99 degrees at a blistering 105.

July 15FlagstaffArizona, tied a daily record high at 89 degrees.

July 14Two major Texas cities tied their daily high temperature records, with Saint Anthony hitting 105 degrees and Waco reach 104, while Fort WorthTexas, broke his daily record at 106 and Phoenix 116 hours at its daily height.

July 13Phoenix set its latest daily high temperature record at 114 degrees, following a string of daily temperature records in the city, and Baton RougeLouisiana, tied its daily record at 99 degrees.

July 12Phoenix tied daily temperature record at a high of 114 degrees, tying a record set in 2020.

July 11Fort LauderdaleFlorida, tied its daily high temperature, at 96 degrees.

July 8Miami broke its daily temperature record for the a quarter straight day and for the fifth time in just six days, at 96 degrees.

July 6TucsonArizona, daily record high, with thermometers reading 110 degrees, breaking the previous city record by one degree.

July 5PortlandOregon, reached a sweltering 98 degrees, the city broke daily record high at two stages, though VancouverWashington, and EugeneOregon, also set daily highs, at 96 and 99 degrees, respectively, and DegreeTexas, broke daily record at a whopping 107 degrees.

July 4thTampa set a daily record high again with thermometers reading 97 degrees – July 4 was the planet’s hottest day in nearly 125,000 years, at 62.92 degrees, according to the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute.

1 JulyTampa broke his daily record (99 degrees), and StockCalifornia, which recorded one degree (109) and Sacrament tied his record (109).

June 30Multiple cities across the country tied their daily highs, including Tampa (96 degrees), Body of ChristTexas (98), and BillsMontana (99).

June 29Miami set his daily temperature second in a row record at 95 degrees, though Fort WorthTexas, narrowly beat the daily record high at 103 degrees and New Orleans broke another daily record at 100 degrees – marking the first time temperatures have reached triple digits at the city’s airport in seven years.

June 28RoswellNew Mexico, another daily high set at 112 degrees, the city second hottest day on record, while Miami another daily record was broken with a temperature of 95 degrees.

June 25As the heat wave extends eastward, New Orleans set a new daily record at 98 degrees, beating the previous high of 97 set last year.

June 24RoswellNew Mexico tied its daily heat record with a high of 110 degrees set in 1990, and Saint Anthony for the second straight day he tied his daily record (102).

June 23Saint Anthony tied its daily heat record at 102 degrees, and Laredo set another daily record (109).

June 22Corpus Christi, McAllen and Laredo continued to break daily high temperature records (103, 105 and 114 degrees, respectively).

June 21The IS Florida Keys tied daily record high temperature at 94 degrees, and Saint PaulMinnesota, daily record (91), Body of Christ, Texas, broke the daily record (100) and Houston tied its daily record (99).

June 20Laredo and McAllen broke daily records again, at 114 and 106 degrees, respectively, and Austin setting another daily record (106) and Midland broke his daily record (109).

June 19Records were broken across Texas during the heat wave, and new daily highs were set Saint Anthony (105 degrees) and McAllen (107), who Austin tied its previous daily record of 106 degrees, according to the The National Weather Service and Laredo tied the highest temperature on record for the city (115) – Laredo broke another daily record on June 13 (111 degrees).

June 16Miami broke a daily record with a temperature of 95 degrees – breaking a record that had stood for 12 years – during Fort Lauderdale broke record daily heat (95 degrees).

June 3Cincinnati broke the daily high record that was set in 1951 (93 degrees).

June 2Hartford also saw a daily record (94 degrees), beating the record set in 1961 at 3 degrees and Philadelphia narrowly beat a 23-year record (95 degrees), and temperature records also fell in the Midwest, including in St Louis (93 degrees) and Detroit (90 degrees).

June 1Buffalo setting daily temperature records on consecutive days to start the month (90 degrees), and SyracuseNew York, set a record at 91 degrees, and FargoNorth Dakota, set a daily record at 97 degrees.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for Arizona, southern California and parts of Nevada, and heat advisories are in effect across the South and Southwest, bringing “dangerously hot conditions” and a heat index — how hot it feels outside when humidity is factored in — into the 120s and 130s in some areas. Forecasters urged residents to stay hydrated in air-conditioned rooms, avoid strenuous outdoor activity and take “extra precautions” when outside.

More daily heat records. Forecasters warn southwestern cities, including Phoenix – which is in the middle of a multi-week heat wave – will continue to set records this week, although heat warnings could keep daily records from California to Florida.

Forecasters expect the early-season heat waves to be a sign of things to come, as a weather phenomenon known as El Niño develops, bringing warmer air north, and as scientists warn that the effects of climate change from greenhouse gas emissions will continue to raise temperatures, prolong drought conditions and make wildfires more frequent and intense. About 1,500 US cities and towns broke daily heat records over a 30-day period ending last September, as heat waves spread across the US, as well as the UK and southern Europe. So far this year, a heat wave in China took down one-day records in China, and in the United Kingdom, forecasters have warned about the hottest year on record.

A scorching 119-step high in Big Bend National Park in west Texas on June 23 came within one step of tying the all-time temperature record for the state of Texas, set in 1936.

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