Heatwave 2020: From Calif To Texas, Monthly & All-Time Records Melt

Written by on July 16, 2020 in United States of America with 0 Comments

The strongest and most widespread heatwave to impact an area from California to the Mid-South since 2011/2012 has shattered countless long standing heat records. Several towns and cities have reached new July levels and even all-time.

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With near 600dm ridge core’s parked over New Mexico, the heat is focused over the Desert Southwest. While hot nights were more notable than hot days during this heatwave in both Las Vegas and Phoenix (top temps 113 and 116 respectively), infamous Furnace Creek in Death Valley reached 128 degrees. This is Death Valley and America’s highest recorded temperature here since a world record 129.2 degrees was set in June 2013.

DEATH VALLEY, CA – JULY 11: Iino Wataru of Japan competes in the STYR Labs Badwater 135 on July 11, 2017 in Death Valley, California. Wataru went on to win the race with a time of 24 hours 56 minutes 19 seconds. The start of the 135 mile race is at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280 feet below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,360 feet. The course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600 feet of cumulative vertical ascent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. The hottest temperature in the world was recorded in Death Valley with a temperature of 134 degrees (56.6 Celcius). (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Death Valley also observed back to back overnight lows of 100.

Palm Springs to the SW set a new July all-time record with 121 degrees.

The heat has been particularly noteworthy in Texas and New Mexico when it comes to records. Amarillo, San Antonio and Lubbock all witnessed their hottest July day on record.

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Del Rio tied it’s all-time record high of 112 degrees previously set in June 1988.

Amarillo set a new July record by topping 110 degrees and observed 3 straight days of 108+, the most for any year. It also just missed it’s all-time record of 111 degrees set in 2011.

40 miles to the NE of Amarillo, the small town of Borger, smashed it’s all-time record high 113 degrees set in 2011 by reaching a new benchmark of 116 degrees.

Lubbock topped 111 degrees setting a new July record. Their all-time record remains at 114 degrees.

In New Mexico, Roswell tied it’s July record of 111 degrees 4 times and topped 110 degrees a record 5 straight days.


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