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Phoenix breaks new heat record, hits 144 days of 100º+ so far this year

Posted at 2:42 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 17:50:43-04

2020 has broken another big heat record!

We have now spent half of the year in the triple digits with 144 days at 100 degrees or more. That breaks the old 1989 record of 143 triple-digit days and there's still a chance for more!

FULL FORECAST: Even more 100s this week

On average, we see around 110 triple-digit days a year with the latest on record happening on October 27 in 2016. We'll just have to wait and see how the next couple of weeks play out to see if that record stands.

The outlook over the next couple of weeks is warmer and drier than normal, so that's not working in our favor.

La Nina probably won't do us any favors this winter either. Typically, our winters end up warmer and drier than normal during La Nina events and that's going to be a big issue for our worsening drought, too.

100 percent of Arizona is in drought right now, coming off of a pathetic monsoon. 7 percent of AZ, including the Phoenix area, is under Exceptional Drought (the worst possible category).