Phoenix sets daily heat record for third consecutive day
PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix continued its summer of scorching temperatures Tuesday with its third consecutive daily heat record.
The mercury at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport eclipsed the previous record of 112 degrees set in 2011, according to the National Weather Service.
By 2:50 p.m. the temperature hit the 115 degree mark for a record 11th time this year.
Tuesday also marked the 42nd day of 2020 in which Phoenix temperatures reached at least 110 degrees.
The record temperature on Tuesday came amid an excessive heat warning in effect through Thursday.
Tuesday morning, the low temperature in Phoenix dipped to 90 degrees, marking the 24th day of 2020 in which Phoenix had a low temperature of 90 degrees or higher.
The temperature had reached a high of 115 degrees Monday, taking over the previous record of 114 degrees set in 2013. The temperature also hit 115 degrees Sunday, replacing the previous that had stood since 1992.
The National Weather Service also reported last week that it’s been the hottest summer on date, with an average temperature of 96 degrees.
This summer’s average high temperature of 107.9 degrees and average low temperature of 84.2 degrees are also record highs for the city.
And July 2020 went into the record books as the hottest month in Phoenix history, with an average temperature of 99 degrees.
During periods of extreme heat, experts advise people to stay hydrated, limit the amount of time outside, try to stay inside air conditioned buildings and remember to check on elderly family members and neighbors.
People are also advised to watch for warning signs of heat-related illnesses, which can include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache and nausea.