Hottest Summer Ever? Not By a Long Shot

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Jul 21, 2011  |  Updated 3:25 PM CDT
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On Thursday, North Texas' current hot streak stretched to 20 consecutive days of temperatures in the triple-digits.

That milestone ties for the 5th longest stretch of consecutive days over 100 degrees, which was last accomplished between July 9-28, 1954.

North Texas hasn't seen such a streak since 1999 when temperatures reached 100 or higher for 24-straight days between July 28 and Aug. 20.

What will it take to be No. 1?  For that to happen we'd have to go another 23 consecutive days at or above 100. Should such a heat wave take place, we would eclipse the 1980 record of 42-straight-days of 100-degree temperatures.

Here is a run down of the Top 10 stretches of 100-plus heat.

1. 42 days -- June 23 - Aug. 3, 1980
2. 29 days -- July 6 - Aug. 3, 1998
3. 25 days -- Aug. 2-26, 1952
4. 24 days -- July 28 - Aug. 20, 1999
5. 20 days -- July 2-21, 2011*
5. 20 days -- July 9-28, 1954
7. 19 days -- Aug. 8-26, 2006
8. 18 days -- July 31 - Aug. 17, 2010
8. 18 days -- July 2-19, 1978
10. 17 days -- Aug. 2-18, 1956

It may feel like one of the hottest summer's on record, but as far as statistics are concerned we haven't even cracked the Top 10 for the most number of days with temperatures at or above 100. So far this year we have had 27, 100-degree days.  We need 36 to get in the Top 10. 

The last time North Texas had a summer hot enough to get on that list was in 2006 when there were 43, 100-degree days. 

The hottest year on record was the oft-mentioned summer of 1980 when there were 69 days of triple-digit heat, 42 of which were consecutive.

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