Phoenix breaks heat record as city hits 110F for the 54th consecutive day

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The temperature in Phoenix, Arizona continues to rise as the city broke its previous record of the most consecutive days at or above 110F (43C).

On Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced that the temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor international airport reached 110F, making it the 54th day this year with temperatures of at least 110F.

Saturday’s temperature breaks the previous record of 53 days that was set in 2020. From 1991 to 2020, the average consecutive days of 110F or above is 21 days, the NWS said.

An excessive heat warning has been issued for south central and south-west Arizona until 8pm on Sunday as weekend highs are expected to range between 108F and 114F. Meanwhile, lows are expected to range between 80F to 86F.

The NWS has warned of high risk of heat stress or illnesses to people or animals and urged residents to stay hydrated. It also advised against sun exposure from 10am to 6pm and for residents to wear light and loose fitting clothing. Moreover, it warned that fans may not be adequate and urged residents who have access to air conditioning to use it.

Earlier this summer, Phoenix grappled with a 31-day streak of temperatures at or above 110F as a blistering and historic heatwave swept across numerous states including Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California.

The previous record was set in 1974 during which the city saw 18 consecutive days of at or above 110F.

According to Nasa’s global temperature analysis, June 2023 was the hottest June on record.

This summer’s heat has led to millions of residents being placed under extreme heat advisories. It has also fanned wildfires across western parts of the country while heat-related deaths soared.

On Wednesday, officials from Maricopa county, home to Phoenix, reported that there have been 194 confirmed heat-associated deaths this year as of 2 September. An additional 351 are under investigation.

In 2022, the county saw 153 heat-associated deaths during the same week last year while another 238 remain under investigation.

This year, the majority of heat-associated deaths occurred among people between 50 and 64 years old. Additionally, 59% of the heat-associated deaths in the county have been among white non-Hispanics, making it the most number of deaths by race and ethnicity.

In mid-August, governor Katie Hobbs declared a state of emergency after 30 consecutive days of excessive heat warnings across Coconino, Maricopa and Pinal counties, which would allow the state to reimburse various government entities for expenses used on heat relief.

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