Phoenix heat wave is shattering temperature records
This month has been historically hot in more ways than one.
By the numbers: We're in the midst of three record-breaking (or near record-breaking) streaks:
- Consecutive days with high temperatures of 110° or greater: We are at 26 days, shattering the previous streak of 18 days recorded in June 1974. And we're likely to keep expanding this record at least through the weekend.
- Consecutive days with low temperatures of 90° or greater: We hit 16 days Tuesday. The previous record was seven days in summer 2020.
- Consecutive days without precipitation: It's been 125 days without rainfall, which ties for the fourth-longest rainless streak.
What's next: Phoenix will likely become the first major U.S. city to reach an average monthly temperature higher than 100°.
- As of Tuesday, the average temperature was 102.8°, and National Weather Service meteorologist Isaac Smith told Axios Phoenix we’re unlikely to drop that average significantly before July's end.
1 hopeful thing: NWS is forecasting an increased chance of rain this weekend and early next week, which should bring our high temperature below 110° by Monday.
Between the lines: The record-breaking deadly heat in Arizona and around the world this summer would have been "virtually impossible" in a world without human-driven climate change, according to new data published Tuesday.
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