The Lone Star state in particular has baked under record heat this summer, one that is marked by heat more extreme than any other summer to date in the U.S. Meanwhile, Dallas' epic streak without rain came to an end Wednesday.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center – August 12, 2022 – Many cities across the United States have never recorded levels of heat and drought like those of this summer. Large areas of the country experienced above-average temperatures, and in some cases, the extreme heat has been unusually sustained. Now, midway through the season, here are some of the places where summer has had Americans sweltering the most, according to an AccuWeather analysis.
The South, especially Texas, has taken the brunt of summer's heat, recording the hottest July on record.
Near-record warmth also covered locations from the Pacific Northwest to the south-central U.S., as well as across parts of the Northeast. Oregon had its fourth-hottest July on record, with Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Rhode Island sweltering through their top-five warmest Julys on record. Boston had its warmest first week of August on record when temperatures rose to almost 9 degrees above average.
As summer reaches its peak, cities across Texas were experiencing temperatures much higher than anything on record.
As of Aug. 12, Oklahoma City had already had 19 days on which the temperature reached 100 degrees or higher days this summer -- three more days than what has been recorded over the last five years combined. Summer is already proving to be much hotter there than in 2021, which didn't record even a single triple-digit temperature throughout the whole year. And farther to the south, the heat stats are even more incredible.