How hot is it in Phoenix?
In what has been the hottest summer ever measured, the scorching city in the Sonoran Desert broke another record on Saturday when temperatures topped 110 degrees.
It was the 54th day this year that the official reading at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport made the mark, eclipsing the previous record of 53 days set in 2020.
Matt Salerno, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the good streak could last 55 days.
“We have one more day,” he said.
An extreme heat warning remained in effect, with temperatures predicted to be 111 degrees on Sunday and 106 degrees on Monday.
Salerno said Phoenix experienced the three warmest months since records began in 1895, including the warmest July and the second-warmest August.
A Phoenix resident drinks water to combat the city’s worst heat wave on record on July 25, 2023.Getty Images
Water drips from a person as they clutch their head covering while walking in the sun during a record heat wave in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 18, 2023.AFP via Getty Images
The average daily temperature of 97 degrees in June, July and August surpassed the previous record of 96.7 degrees set three years ago.
The daily average temperature was 102.7 degrees in July, Salerno said, and the daily average in August was 98.8 degrees.
In July, Phoenix also set a record with a 31-day streak of highs of 110 degrees or higher.
A sign reading “Today’s High: 115” is posted in South Mountain Park amid the city’s worst heat wave on record on July 25, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. fake images
Richard Verduzco stays cool on his porch before installing his air conditioning unit during a heat wave on July 15, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. fake images
The previous record of 18 days in a row was set in 1974.
The sweltering summer of 2023 has seen a historic heat wave stretch from Texas, through New Mexico and Arizona, to the California desert.
Globally, last month was the hottest August ever recorded, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
It was also the second hottest month measured, behind only July 2023.
Scientists attribute human-caused climate change to an additional boost from natural El Niño, which is a temporary warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes climate around the world.
As of Saturday, Phoenix has tallied 104 days this year with temperatures above 100 degrees, Salerno said.
This is in line with the average of 111 triple-digit days each year between 1991 and 2020.
Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and Arizona’s most populous county, also appears headed for an annual record for heat-related deaths.
County public health officials have confirmed 194 heat-related deaths this year as of September 2.
Another 351 cases are being investigated.
Maricopa County confirmed 425 heat-related deaths in 2022.