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Summer 2011: One For The Record Books

UPDATED September 25, 2011

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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With summer now having given way to autumn, many cities in the Southern Plains are happy to say, "Good riddance!" to a record-breaking hot summer swelter.

Dallas broke its record number of 100-degree days to make it an all-time record 70 days this year. For more on that, check out this story.

Dallas wasn`t alone in the record-breaking department, with many Texas Plains cities shattering long-standing heat records this year. Here`s a short list of some cities across the South that broke all-time records for triple-digit heat:

  • Wichita Falls, Texas has had 100 days of 100-degree heat to smash its all-time record of 79 days set back during the massive heat wave of 1980.
  • San Angelo, Texas has had 99 days breaking its record of 60 days set in 1969.
  • Austin, Texas is checking in with 86 days this year which breaks the record of 69 days set back in 1925.

Other states baked in the heat this year too:

  • Shreveport, La., reported 62 days of 100-degree heat breaking the record 47 days it had way back in the 1800s, and
  • Oklahoma City hit triple-digit temperatures 63 times this year, eclipsing the record of 50 back in 1980.

Along with that, many cities had their hottest summer ever, including Tyler, Texas, which had a average temperature of 90.5 degrees this year, shattering its 1998 record summer of 87.1 degrees. San Antonio, Texas also has a record-hot summer with an average temperature of 88.0 degrees.

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Information courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Story image: A vendor near the Alamo opens a umbrella to provide protection from the sun, in sizzling San Antonio, Texas. AP Photo/Eric Gay, File

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