It Has Now Been Over 110 Degrees in Phoenix For Nine Straight Days

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I don't think there's been a day in my life when I've stepped outside to 110˚F temperatures. But residents of Phoenix have been swamped with heat that scorching for nine straight days now. Yes, the capital of Arizona has been baking in oven-like temps for nine days in a row now.

Here's the New York Times:

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning on Aug. 6 and has extended it all the way through 8 p.m. on Wednesday ...

As of Monday, the average August temperature was 100.2 degrees, or 6.2 degrees higher than normal, Mr. Waters said. By Tuesday, the temperature had reached 110 degrees for nine consecutive days; last year, the longest stretch where temperatures reached or surpassed 110 degrees was six days. Tuesday was also the 31st consecutive day the mercury hit 100 degrees.

All of which reminds me that a) I'm glad I don't live in Phoenix and b) that climate change is seriously upping its game in the American southwest. The heat waves, combined with the incoming mega droughts that will also hit the region—sometimes, scientists predict, for over a decade at a time—are essentially flying a gigantic 'Do Not Move Here' banner over the already arid state.

Just read Fernanda Santos' depiction of what life is like in Phoenix right now:

The heat is so intense it feels as if it is searing the exposed skin. Cracking the front door feels like opening the oven to check the cookies. To enter a car that has been parked in the sun for some time is like stepping inside a wood-burning stove; steering wheels are so hot sometimes they might burn a driver’s fingers.
I think hell itself has been described more appealing terms—I mean, I'd take a bunch of Dante's earlier circles over that.

Tags: Arizona | Global Climate Change | United States

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