An unrelenting series of summer heat waves has wreaked havoc on the South and Southwest this summer, breaking daily temperature records throughout the South, including seven in a row in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as “dangerously” hot conditions threatening to topple more heat records in the Southwest this weekend.
August 7New Orleans broke its daily record temperature for the fifth straight day at 100 degrees, above its previous record high of 98.
August 6Phoenix tied its daily record (114 degrees), while New Orleans broke another daily record at 100 and Key West, Florida, broke its daily record at 94 degrees.
August 5New Orleans set another daily heat record with a high of 100 degrees, while Phoenix set a daily record at 116 degrees.
August 4Baton Rouge, Louisiana, broke its daily record high for the seventh straight day, according to the National Weather Service, with a temperature of 101 degrees, while in New Orleans, residents saw a record high of 99 degrees.
August 3Tucson, Arizona, broke its daily high temperature record, with thermometers reaching a blistering 105 degrees, according to the NWS, while Phoenix, in the midst of a historical heat wave, set a daily record at 113, Tampa, Florida, set a new daily record at 95, New Orleans broke its daily record (98), as did Corpus Christi, Texas (101), Lafayette, Louisiana (101), and Little Rock, Arkansas, set a daily record at 103.
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August 2Dallas tied its daily record high, at 107 degrees, tying a previous record set in 2011, while Austin, Texas, broke its daily record at 105 degrees, Houston tied its daily record (101) and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, broke its daily high (102).
August 1Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Waco, Texas, broke their latest daily records this summer, with temperatures reaching a high of 103, 102, 107 and 106 degrees, respectively, while Little Rock, Arkansas, also set a daily high at 94 degrees and Baton Rouge topped out at 104 degrees—the hottest day in Louisiana’s capital city since 2007.
July 31New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, both topped their previous daily high temperature records, at 101 and 102 degrees, respectively—the hottest day in New Orleans since 2009.
July 30Phoenix recorded its 31st day in a row with a high temperature above 110 degrees, trouncing its previous record of 18 days, while Baton Rouge hit another daily record of 100 degrees and Austin, Texas, broke its daily high of 107 degrees.
July 29Baton Rouge broke another daily temperature record at 101 degrees.
July 27Anaheim, California, set its second straight daily record high, at 99 degrees, while Rapid City, South Dakota, also broke a daily record at 101, as did Baton Rouge, Louisiana (99), Santa Fe, New Mexico (96), and St. Paul (95).
July 26Phoenix set its latest record daily high at 118 degrees, over the city’s previous daily high of 116, while daily records were also set in Anaheim, California, (100), Corpus Christi, Texas (102), Sioux Falls, South Dakota (104), El Pas0, Texas (108), and Santa Fe, New Mexico (99).
July 25Phoenix shattered another daily record high at a blistering 118 degrees, while Tucson, Arizona, recorded its 10th daily record high this month, hitting 112 degrees.
July 24Fort Lauderdale, Florida, posted a daily record at 98 degrees, while Kissimmee, Florida, tied its daily record at 96, according to National Weather Service data.
July 23Reno, Nevada, Helena, Montana, and Grand Junction, Colorado, set daily temperature records at 104, 103 and 105 degrees, respectively, while Miami set a daily record (98 degrees) according to the National Weather Service.