From Denver to Grand Junction, Palmdale and over to Sandberg the record-setting heat was in full force Wednesday. Here’s a short recap of some of the milestones met today.
We just hit 97 at DIA, setting a new record. Previous was 96 set last year. 97 at 12:20 pm, and our forecast high is 100. #cowx
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) June 16, 2021
🌡️ 4:00 PM MDT update: So far, the temperature at Grand Junction Regional Airport has climbed to 105 degrees. This shatters the previous record high for June 16th of 100 degrees from way back in 1896. 105 degrees also ties the all-time record for the month of June. #COwx
— NWS Grand Junction (@NWSGJT) June 16, 2021
In addition to the record-setting temperatures in Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado Springs also had a first today. The temperature in Colorado Springs hit 100F (Wednesday, June 16) and that makes it the earliest 100-degree day on record! The previous earliest 100-degree day was June 21, 2016.
Neighboring Nebraska was sizzling today too.
Temperatures have warmed into the low 100s now, with 103° at 4pm in North Platte. We put these items on the dashboard of a car earlier this afternoon when the temperature was "only" 98°. Notice what happened to them in just a couple hours. #NEwx pic.twitter.com/Wna4QFv51H
— NWS North Platte (@NWSNorthPlatte) June 16, 2021
Southern California’s deserts were baking in the heat Wednesday.
You guessed it, we broke MORE records today! Palmdale, Lancaster, AND Sandberg each broke their records originally set in 1961. Palmdale was even 1 degree shy of their all-time record for June! #CAwx #SoCal #LAheat #records pic.twitter.com/PHNXK4vXJO
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) June 16, 2021
While the 100’s were felt in California and Colorado, they were felt all the way over to Kansas as well!
Goodland, Kansas reached 101 degrees this afternoon which tied its record high temperature set back in 1946. Yuma, Colorado set a record high of 102 degrees breaking their previous record of 98 set back in 1995. More record highs may be tied or broken again tomorrow #kswx #cowx
— NWS Goodland (@NWSGoodland) June 17, 2021
How about the foothills and mountains of Arizona? Yeah, they broke records too.
It is quite likely that nearly every square inch of Arizona set a record today. However, that is too much data to track! Here are some official records from Wednesday afternoon. #azwx pic.twitter.com/JFIGLtb5dR
— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) June 17, 2021
If record heat was felt in Arizona’s mountains, that must have meant it was a record hot day in the southern valleys too, right? Yep.
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) June 16, 2021
OK. Fine. Let’s go up to South Dakota because surely there must have been some cooler air *somewhere* right? No.
The heat was on today near and west of U.S. Highway 81!
Mitchell SD broke an 88 year old record, by hitting 105°, and staying there through 4:56 PM CDT. pic.twitter.com/AyropG85bE
— NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls) June 16, 2021
The record heat will be on the move Thursday and Friday. Be sure to join us on our WeatherNation platforms as we keep you updated on the hottest and record-breaking locations!