Phoenix’s record-breaking hot streak of 31 consecutive days of 110 degrees or higher finally ended on Monday, with temperatures at the city’s airport reaching just 108 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
In June, a relentless heatwave swept across various parts of the United States, breaking a long-standing record of 18 consecutive days of temperatures above 110 degrees set back in 1974. The scorching conditions have been especially severe in Arizona, where the mercury soared to a high of 108 degrees at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Monday, just 2 degrees above the normal average.
Unfortunately, the intense heat in Arizona has proven fatal, with Maricopa County, home to over 1.6 million residents, reporting 25 confirmed heat-related deaths this season, as per the latest update from the county’s Department of Public Health.
While the previous streak may have come to an end, the oppressive weather persists. The forecast indicates that temperatures above 110 degrees will return on Wednesday, with the lower deserts expected to face highs surpassing 115 degrees over the weekend, according to the weather service in Phoenix.
As the heatwave continues, it’s essential for residents and visitors to take necessary precautions to stay safe and cool during this extreme weather event.