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Phoenix hits 100-degree mark for first time in 2021

May 5, 2021, 2:22 PM | Updated: May 6, 2021, 9:00 am
(AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)...
(AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
(AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

PHOENIX — For the first time this calendar year, the mercury reached triple digits in Phoenix.

The temperature hit 100 degrees at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The mark occurred at about the normal time in the city as the average date for the first 100-degree day of the year is May 2.

Phoenix reached 100 degrees for the first time on April 26 in both 2020 and 2019.

The city is coming off one of its hottest years since weather records started being kept in 1896.

Phoenix broke records in 2020 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 hottest temperature of the year came on July 30, when the mercury hit 118 degrees.

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.

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