The heat wave in the summer of 2023 sets record numbers

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Record temperatures are rising again across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions this weekend and into early next week, the National Weather Service said. The new round of heat comes as summer winds blow and data begins to show how unusually hot the past few months have been in parts of the country.

A wide swath of the country stretching from the Dakotas to South Texas is set to experience sweltering above-average temperatures on Saturday, with more heat on the way through the rest of the Labor Day weekend.

In fact, according to AccuWeather, records dating back nearly a century may be shattered over the extended weekend as a dome of heat appears in the middle of the country during the first days of September.

High temperatures in the 90s will spread widely across the Plains states through the weekend, with pockets of 100-degree readings, AccuWeather said. Temperatures at these levels are 10-20 degrees above historical averages, approaching or even exceeding the daily record zone.

The hottest temperatures will arrive in the Northeast by early next week, where New York City could see a heat wave: “Late summer warmth with highs in the 80s will move into the high 90s in many areas,” said Dave Dombeck, senior Meteorologists at AccuWeather, adding: “It’s possible that New York City and other locations that haven’t yet experienced a heat wave will check this off the list next week.”

Meanwhile, climate scientists declared the end of summer late this week, shifting the calendar from August to September.

From a climatic point of view, summer is over

For those tired of the heat, you’ll be happy to know that summer ended on Thursday and fall begins on Friday (at least according to climatologists, who define summer as the months of June, July, and August. Officially, the first day of fall isn’t until September 23.)

And this summer was extremely hot for many people: Specifically, this summer was the warmest on record in at least 20 cities like Miami, Houston, New Orleans, Austin, San Antonio, and Phoenix.

How was summer?

In short, “hot”, especially for people living in the southern part of the country.

“This summer was the hottest on record at nearly every location along and inland the Gulf Coast, from Brownsville, Texas, to Key West, Florida,” weather historian Christopher Burt told

The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, wrote: “The historic heat and drought of the past several weeks will not soon be forgotten. By many measures, this was the most extreme and most intense heat wave ever experienced in the southern half of Mississippi and parts of it.” North East Louisiana since weather records began in these areas.” Weather records in those areas date back to the 1890s.

– Extreme heat in the south:

  • The National Weather Service said that the city of Hattiesburg in southern Mississippi broke the record for the hottest summer ever recorded in 2011.
  • The National Weather Service said people in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are facing the hottest summer heat on record.
  • In Texas, both Austin and San Antonio experienced their warmest summers since records began, according to the weather service.
  • Residents of Dallas Ft. The Worth area experienced its third warmest summer on record, “after the record-breaking summers of 2011 and 1980,” the National Weather Service said. The weather was also very dry in Dallas: with only 1.25 inches of rain recorded, the city experienced the fourth driest summer on record, behind only 1934, 1929, and 1952.
  • The Meteorological Service said that Miami witnessed its hottest summer ever, breaking the record set in 2020 and 2010.
  • The record for hottest summer in Mobile, Alabama, has stood since Chester Arthur became president (1883), but has also fallen by the wayside in 2023, said.
  • In the Southwest, Phoenix had its hottest summer since records began. Earlier this week, Alex Young, chief meteorologist with the Weather Service in Phoenix, told a local TV station: “It looks like we’re going to be the hottest summer on record, so we’ll beat 2020, which was the previous record.” “For the hottest summer in Phoenix.”

The summer wasn’t as hot for people in other parts of the country, however: “While the intense and persistent heat in the south captured the most attention, a fairly large area of ​​the east of the country, the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin had average temperatures,” said Jonathan Erdman. , meteorologist, said, “Or even cooler than the average summer.”

National and statewide data on summer temperatures will be available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on September 11.

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