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Phoenix endures fourth consecutive day with daily heat record

Aug 19, 2020, 3:50 PM
(Facebook Photo/City of Phoenix, AZ USA)...
(Facebook Photo/City of Phoenix, AZ USA)
(Facebook Photo/City of Phoenix, AZ USA)

PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix is in the midst of its fourth straight day with a daily heat record.

Around 3:15 p.m., the temperature was measured at 115 degrees, besting the previous record of 113 degrees set in 1986, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday also marked the 12th time this year Phoenix has experienced a high temperature of at least 115 degrees, and the 43rd day in which the mercury hit at least 110 degrees.

Earlier on Wednesday, the temperature in Phoenix dipped to a low of 91 degrees, marking the 25th day in 2020 the city has experienced a low temperature of 90 degrees or higher.

The record temperature on Wednesday came amid an excessive heat warning in effect through Thursday.

On Tuesday, the mercury at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport eclipsed the previous record of 112 degrees set in 2011.

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.

NWS 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.

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Phoenix endures fourth consecutive day with daily heat record