Record Heat Fries Phoenix

Nearly a month’s worth of temps topping 110
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2007 3:44 PM CDT
Record Heat Fries Phoenix
A pedestrian walks past a local hospital sign where the temperature was reading 115 degrees in the early afternoon Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, in Phoenix. Phoenix hit its 29th day of 110 degree-plus temperatures of the year on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, breaking the record of...   (Associated Press)

Phoenix citizens can’t blunt this hot spell with claims of “dry heat”: The city’s just marked its 29th day in a year of 110-degree temperatures. Urbanization and global warming are likely factors in the chart-topping season, though Phoenicians have been spared a highest-ever figure, the AP reports—they survived a 122-degree day in 1990.

On average, there are 10 days per year that hit the excruciating 110 mark. The previous record of 28 days was set in 1970 and equaled in 2002. There is a tiny spot of consolation for Arizonans though: A cold spell is blowing in this week, as highs won’t press 105. (More climate change stories.)

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