Here’s a look back at the Phoenix weather records set in 2020
Jan 4, 2021, 1:15 PM
PHOENIX — 2020 was an abnormally hot year in Phoenix, leading to several broken records and extended periods of blistering heat.
The heat made its way to town early last year, hitting 100 degrees for the first time on April 26, about a week before the city typically reaches the mark.
The mercury reached 102 degrees that day, which was also the first — but definitely not the last — daily heat record achieved during the year.
In total, daily heat records were broken 18 times throughout 2020 and were equaled another 15 times.
Heat was the big story for Phoenix's weather in 2020. Here's a list of some of the daily records. A more comprehensive 2020 climate review for Phoenix, Yuma, and El Centro is now available. #azwx #cawx https://t.co/NkXZ8ejjRv pic.twitter.com/ZhPCMONCO7
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) January 4, 2021
The hottest temperature of the year came on July 30, when the mercury hit 118 degrees.
Phoenix also broke records for the most 95-degree days (172), 100-degree days (145), 105-degree days (102), 110-degree days (53) and 115-degree days (14) in a year.
July (98.9 degrees) and August (99.1 degrees) went down as the hottest months recorded in Phoenix history.
The average daily temperature for the year was 77.2 degrees, trailing only the 77.3 degree mark that was set in 2017.
There were no record lows set in 2020. The average low temperature in Phoenix was 64.9 degrees, the fifth-highest in city history.
Phoenix did set one daily rainfall record when it rained 1.04 inches on Feb. 22.
There were just 5 inches of rain recorded in Phoenix in 2020, making it the 28th-driest year in city history.
Weather records in Phoenix started being kept in 1896.