Phoenix breaks daily heat record for second consecutive day
PHOENIX — The sweltering heat that has been the summer of 2020 continued Saturday as the Valley broke another daily heat record.
The temperature reached 114 degrees just before 1:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, breaking the day’s record of 113 degrees set back in 1945.
It marks the second day in a row a heat record from 1945 was smashed, as the 114 degree temperature on Friday broke the 112 degree record that was recorded both in 1945 and again in 2019.
The Valley has now seen 52 days this year where the temperature has reached or surpassed 110 degrees.
Another daily heat record could be broken Sunday as the temperature is expected to reach 111 degrees, which would tie the record set in 2013.
It would be the second time this year Phoenix broke a daily heat record for three consecutive days.
An excessive heat warning went into effect Friday and will remain in place until 8 p.m. Monday, as forecasters predict Phoenix could see the hottest Labor Day on record.
Temperatures are expected to reach 110 degrees. The record high for the holiday is only two degrees higher, a mark that was also set in 1945.
The lastest heat wave is nothing new to Valley residents in 2020.
Phoenix set the record for the hottest month ever recorded in July (98.9 degrees), only to have that mark broken one month later in August with an average temperature of 99.1 degrees.
The hottest month in Phoenix history prior to 2020 was recorded twice, once in 2013 and again in 2015, with an average temperature of 95.1 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.