Phoenix has seen dangerously hot days and broke records for major U.S. cities Tuesday, the 19th straight day the desert city saw temperatures soar to 110 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
According to the National Weather Service, the night has offered little relief from the brutal temperatures. Phoenix's low temperature of 94 degrees Tuesday marked the ninth straight day of low temperatures not dipping below 90, another record.
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Salerno, speaking to CBS News, the length of the Phoenix heat wave is remarkable even during a summer when much of the southern United States and the world in It has generally been cooking in record temperatures, something scientists say is fueled by climate change.
Record Broken: As of 11:59 AM MST, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has reached 110°F. This is now the 19th straight day with a temperature that reaches or exceeds 110°F, which breaks the previous record of 18 days set back in 1974, nearly 50 years ago. #azwx pic.twitter.com/nBJaY8fN6z— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) July 18, 2023
What is happening in a metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun is far worse than a brief rise in temperatures, experts said, and poses a health hazard for many.
& “Long-term exposure to heat is harder to bear than hot days, especially if it doesn't cool enough at night for a good night's sleep,” said Katharine Jacobs, director of the Center for Adaptive Science and Solutions University of Arizona Climate Sciences.
“This is likely to be one of the most notable periods in our health record in terms of deaths and illness,” said David Hondula, director of heating city of phoenix. “Our goal is for that not to be the case.”
The last time Phoenix didn't hit 110 degrees was June 29, when it hit 108. The record for 18 days above 110 that was tied on Monday was first set in 1974, and it seemed destined. to break with temperatures forecast above that through the weekend.