Record Heat in Phoenix as 100 Days Pass With No Precipitation
The calendar has flipped over to December, but Phoenix still is experiencing record heat.
The city broke a 77-year-old mark for the hottest Dec. 2 on Saturday with a high of 84 degrees.
The previous record was 81 degrees in 1940.
Last month was the hottest November that Phoenix has seen since weather records were first kept in 1895.
High temperatures in December usually are in the 60s in Phoenix.
National Weather Service meteorologists say cold weather along the East Coast is leaving the West hot and dry.
Phoenix hasn't had any measurable rain since Aug. 23. That's 100 days ago.
Meteorologists say there's no rain in sight in the next seven to 10 days and no cool-down for at least another week.
This fall is also the driest on record for much of northern Arizona. According to the National Weather Service, Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson have all received a half-inch or less of precipitation. It's Winslow's fourth driest fall with .22 inches and Page's fifth driest with .42 inches of rain.