What is the Hottest Date of the Year?
July 24, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
Many people might believe August is the hottest month of the year because there tends to be less rain but the humidity is still rather high. However, the traditional hottest day of the year is July 24.
According to the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., a location in every state has an average maximum temperature of at least 80 degrees on July 24.
The high temperature tends to peak during the middle of July and then slowly decreases into the first and second week of August. July 24 happens to be the average mid-point of the peak in high temperatures. Minimum temperatures in every state in the U.S. tend to be the warmest on July 24 as well.
A plethora of record highs have been established on this date. Chicago`s all-time record high of 105 degrees was set on July 24, 1934. Ann Arbor, Mich., had its all-time record high on July 24, 1934, reaching 105 degrees. Coldwater, Mich., was no exception, climbing to 108 degrees on the same date.
A few other state records have gone by the wayside on July 24. Minden, Neb., hit 118 degrees on this day in 1936 to set a state record. Alton, Kan., hit 121 degrees also in 1936 to set the state high temperature. Wahluke, Wash., reached 118 degrees on July 24, 1928 to bust through the record books. Meanwhile, in Georgia, Louisville hit 112 degrees on July 24, 1952. This temperature was reached again later on August 20, 1983 in Greenville.
The date is only an average based on past weather records. The hottest days of the year can happen well before or well after the 24th so be sure to keep your WeatherBug active for the latest temperatures and any heat-related advisories that may be issued when extreme heat is forecast.
The U.S. can also experience extreme dryness on this date. In 2012, drought in the U.S. reached its peak on July 24, with 63.9 percent of the U.S. experiencing a moderate to exceptional drought. This is a record in the 13-year history since drought figures started being tabulated.
Whether or not July 24th is the hottest or driest day of this season; it is still a fun fact to know that a date many think is ordinary is actually special.
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Story image: Tourists watch the Bellagio fountain show during a heat wave in Las Vegas in 2013. (Julie Jacobson, AP)
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