A lingering heat wave in California and elsewhere in the West rewrote weather history at its peak Tuesday.
Here’s a rundown of the most extreme and notable things we’ve seen.
– Sacramento: 116 degrees broke the city’s previous record of 114 degrees set on July 17, 1925. Yesterday’s temperature is also the warmest reading Phoenix has seen so far this year (115 degrees).
-San Jose: 109 degrees was the hottest day on record going back to 1893.
– Ukiah (117 degrees), Livermore (116 degrees), King City (116 degrees), Santa Rosa (115 degrees), Napa (115 degrees), Merced (115 degrees), Stockton (115 degrees), Redwood City ( 110 degrees) ) also beat or tied the hottest temperatures these places have ever seen.
record of september
-Reno: Tuesday’s 106 degrees was 4 degrees above the record high for the month. It was just two times shorter than any other day in the year.
– Salt Lake City: Utah’s capital city topped 105 degrees in September. Prior to this year, the maximum temperature in the city in September was 100 degrees. This month he had temperatures above 102 degrees for five days.
– Death Valley: The hottest place in the country hit 125.2 degrees on Tuesday. This is the highest temperature recorded for the month set just two years ago. It’s also less than a degree cooler than the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth in September.
Tuesday was the peak of the heatwave in many places, but it’s now broken or set monthly highs for several days. A small portion is plotted on the map below.
Thanks to climate historian Chris Burt for contributing to this compilation.
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