Images (click to enlarge): High temperatures on July 9 and 10, 2011, from Oklahoma Mesonet
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Midnight Update: Added map of July 10 high temperatures.
5:15 PM CDT Update: Within the last minute, the National Weather Service reports a record for the date at Wichita, Kansas, and the hottest temperature there in over 30 years:
AT 4 PM CDT...THE TEMPERATURE AT WICHITA MID CONTINENT ROSE TO 111The NWS confirms that the high temperature at Oklahoma City tied the daily record.
DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 110 SET IN 1980.
THE LAST TIME THE TEMPERATURE WAS 111 OR GREATER AT WICHITA MID
CONTINENT WAS JULY 12, 1980 WHEN THE HIGH REACHED 112 DEGREES.
INCLUDING TODAY...TEMPERATURES OF 111 OR GREATER HAVE ONLY OCCURRED
10 TIMES SINCE JULY 1888.
For the second consecutive day, all stations of Oklahoma Mesonet are reporting highs of 100° or above.
4 PM CDT Update: The current temperature of 105° has at least tied the record for July 10 at Oklahoma City.
The high of 107° at Tulsa breaks the record for the date of 105° set in 1923 and tied in 1933. Tulsa climate records began in 1882.
Fort Smith in neighboring Arkansas also smashed a record from 1933 by 4°. The new record is 108°. Fort Smith's climatological history dates back to 1882.
In Kansas, Wichita's 110° for the last 2 consecutive hours has at least tied the record.
Joplin and Springfield, Missouri also set daily records. In Joplin, it was the hottest temperature in 25 years. The National Weather Service reports:
AS OF 330 PM TODAY...NEW DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN SET FOR JOPLIN AND SPRINGFIELD. FOR JOPLIN...A READING OF 106 DEGREES WAS RECORDED AT 307 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON. THIS BREAKS THE OLD DAILY RECORD OF 104 SET IN 1980. IN ADDITION...106 DEGREES IS THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED IN JOPLIN IN NEARLY 25 YEARS. THE LAST TIME THE MERCURY SURGED THAT HIGH WAS ON JULY 30TH 1986...WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 107 DEGREES.2 PM CDT Update: So far this summer, 5 daily high temperature records have been set or tied in June and 2 in July at Oklahoma City.
FOR SPRINGFIELD...A TEMPERATURE OF 102 DEGREES WAS REACHED SEVERAL TIMES BETWEEN 300 PM AND 400 PM THIS AFTERNOON. THIS IS ALSO A NEW DAILY RECORD FOR SPRINGFIELD...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD FOR JULY 10TH OF 100 DEGREES...SET IN 1980. THE LAST TIME IT WAS 102 IN SPRINGFIELD WAS ON AUGUST 15TH 2007.
The 120 stations of the Oklahoma Mesonet, representing each of the state's 77 counties, all reported temperatures of at least 100° Saturday, July 9. For much of the state, readings were 110° or higher, with the maximum of 114° at Freedom. In all, 53 of the stations were 110° or above.
At Oklahoma City, where records date back to 1890, the high of 110° broke the old daily record from 1964 by 4° and tied the all-time July high temperature record last reached in 1996. With the temperature hitting 100° at noon today, this is now the 12th consecutive day with temperatures of 100° or higher. The average daily high temperature so far this month at Oklahoma City is 103.9°.
From the National Weather Service:
...RECORD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE AT OKLAHOMA CITY FOR JULY 9...
...RECORD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED FOR THE MONTH OF JULY...
THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TODAY AT WILL ROGERS WORLD AIRPORT WAS 110
DEGREES ON SATURDAY. THIS BREAKS THE DAILY RECORD FOR JULY 9TH. THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 106 DEGREES SET IN 1964.
THE 110 DEGREES ALSO TIES THE RECORD TEMPERATURE AT OKLAHOMA CITY IN
THE MONTH OF JULY. A TEMPERATURE OF 110 DEGREES WAS ALSO RECORDED ON
JULY 6 1996.
THE 110 DEGREES TIES FOR THE THIRD HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED
IN OKLAHOMA CITY. THE OKLAHOMA CITY ALL-TIME RECORD IS 113 DEGREES
RECORDED ON AUGUST 11 1936. THE SECOND HIGHEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED
WAS 112 DEGREES ON AUGUST 10 1936.
TODAY IS THE 11TH CONSECUTIVE DAY...AND THE 20TH DAY SO FAR THIS
YEAR...THAT THE TEMPERATURE AT OKLAHOMA CITY HAS BEEN 100 DEGREES OR
THE RECORD FOR THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DAYS IN A YEAR WITH A TEMPERATURE
OF 100 DEGREES OR MORE IS 50...WHICH WAS SET IN 1980. THE RECORD FOR
MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 100 DEGREES OR MORE IS 22 DAYS FROM AUGUST
4 TO AUGUST 25 1936.
TODAY IS ALSO THE HOTTEST DAY IN OKLAHOMA CITY SINCE JULY 6TH IN
1996...THE LAST TIME THAT THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 110 DEGREES.