The heat records for Oklahoma keep piling up. Today was the 63rd day this year we hit at least 100 degrees in Oklahoma City. That’s now 13 days more than the previous record set back in 1980. July was also the hottest month that Oklahoma has ever seen, with an average temperature of 89.2 degrees, breaking the old record of 88.7 set back in August 1936.
Oklahoma City also had the warmest summer on record (June-August) with an average temperature of 87.5 F. The old record was 85.9 set in both 1934 and 1980. Too break the record by one-and-a-half degrees is remarkable.
It’s obviously not just Oklahoma that saw ridiculous heat this summer, much of the Southcentral and Southeast United States saw their hottest or 2nd hottest summers ever. The average U.S. temperature in August was 75.7 degrees F, which is 3.0 degrees above the long-term (1901-2000) average, while the summertime temperature was 74.5 degrees F, which is 2.4 degrees above average. The warmest August on record for the contiguous United States was 75.8 degrees F in 1983, while its warmest summer on record at 74.6 degrees F occurred in 1936.
Six states, including Oklahoma, saw there hottest August ever. The others: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana.
Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana had their warmest (June-August) summers on record. Average summer temperatures in Texas and Oklahoma, at 86.8 degrees F and 86.5 degrees F, respectively, exceeded the previous seasonal statewide average temperature record for any state during any season. The previous warmest summer statewide average temperature was in Oklahoma, during 1934 at 85.2 degrees F.
Fifteen states had a summer average temperature ranking among their top ten warmest.
Here are two incredible records:
Shreveport, Louisiana had an average temperature in August of 91.5 degrees. That broke the all-time record for warmest month by three degrees. The old record was 88.5 set in July 1998.
In Lubbock, the hottest month ever recorded there in over 100 years of records was this June. That record was then broken in July. And then that record was broken in August! The three hottest months ever, in one summer!