Scorcher! Most of the Hottest Days Ever Happened in Arizona
Living in the United States can be crazy. If you live in the northern part of the country, it can be living in climates similar to Canada, Russia, and Sweden. You know... those with colder temperatures.
If you live in the southern part of the United States, such as Texas or Florida... you can experience hot and humid temperatures that are similar to those in tropical countries like Thailand and Brazil.
The United States also has regions with moderate temperatures that are comparable to those in many European countries.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in America (as of 2023) was when it reached 134°F in Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley, California on July 10, 1913. This is considered to be the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. However, it's important to note that this record is still a topic of debate among scientists.
Arizona is known for its ~scorching~ summer temperatures, and the hottest days of the year can vary from year to year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Arizona was 128°F, which occurred on June 29, 1994, in Lake Havasu City.
So... how do these two come together? Here are the top ten hottest days in the United States, and good ol' Arizona has 40% of them.
- Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley, California: 134°F (56.7°C) on July 10, 1913
- Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California: 130°F (54.4°C) on August 16, 2020
- Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley, California: 129°F (53.9°C) on July 29, 1913, and June 30, 2013
- Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley, California: 128°F (53.3°C) on July 20, 1960, and June 29, 2013
- Lake Havasu City, Arizona: 128°F (53.3°C) on June 29, 1994
- Laughlin/Bullhead City, Arizona: 125°F (51.7°C) on June 20, 2017
- Needles, California: 125°F (51.7°C) on July 8, 2002
- Yuma, Arizona: 124°F (51°C) on July 28, 1995
- Phoenix, Arizona: 122°F (50°C) on June 26, 1990, and June 26, 2017
- Las Vegas, Nevada: 117°F (47.2°C) on July 24, 1942, and June 20, 2017
It's important to note that extreme heat can be dangerous, so it's essential to take precautions when spending time outside, especially in Texas or Arizona. And don't forget the sunscreen!