Heat and Rain-Free Records Continue To Fall Across Southwest

Written by on October 18, 2020 in United States of America with 0 Comments

For prolonged intense heat, endless summer and lack of rainfall, 2020 has been a year like no other for Southwest cities such as Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tucson and Palm Springs.

Yesterday’s daily record high of 102 at Sky Harbor Intl Airport, Phoenix was day 145 at or above 100. The comfortably separates this year with the previous record holder of 1989 when 143 days was recorded.

Down in slightly ‘cooler’ Tucson, they both tied a record high and latest occurrence of 100 on record.

Despite being mid October where the average high is meant to be a more bearable 89. It’s remains mid summer-like in Palm Springs where they set a new record October 15th of 109.

A remarkable upward trend in number of 100-degree days for PS lately.

Palm Springs along with others such as Phoenix are likely not done with 100-degree days just yet.

This year’s extended Western summer can be directly attributed to one of the driest monsoon seasons on record and growing extreme drought conditions. Las Vegas has now gone 180 days without rain and there’s no end in sight. The previous record for consecutive days without measurable rain at McCarran Intl Airport was 150 days recorded in 1959.

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