Here’s a look back at the Phoenix weather records set in 2021
PHOENIX — It wasn’t as extreme as 2020, but 2021 brought several new heat records to Phoenix.
The National Weather Service released its climate year in review, which showed the Valley of the Sun had the eighth-warmest 12 months since tracking began in 1896.
The average high temperature was 88.2 degrees, slightly below 2020 (89.5 degrees) and the record-setting year of 1989 (89.8 degrees).
Breaking: Preliminary 2021 Climate Stats are in. Ranks are the 10th warmest on record in Phoenix, and 8th warmest for both Yuma and El Centro. #azwx #cawx Full data listing can be found at: https://t.co/G3mfM0wn27 pic.twitter.com/9G7r6pi95I
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) January 2, 2022
June went down as the warmest in Phoenix history with an average temperature of 95.3 degrees.
It ended up being the warmest month of the year after July and August of 2020 went down as the hottest in Phoenix history.
November (2nd), December (4th) and April (5th) were also in the top five warmest in the 125 years of record keeping.
In total, daily heat records were broken four times throughout 2021 and were equaled another six times.
The warmest day of the year was a record-breaking one — June 17 when the mercury hit 118.
Phoenix finished with 22 days of 110-degree weather and 104 days of 100-degree weather.
The previous year, the city 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).
Like in 2020, no record lows were hit.
Three daily rainfall records were broken. July 3 had .22 inches of rain, July 23 had .80 inches and Christmas Eve got 1 inch, eclipsing a 77-year-old record.
In total, Phoenix got just over 7 inches of rain in 2021.