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Hottest 4th of July Records

2 Jul 2017, 12:42 pm

It’s that wonderful time of year, where we all look forward to celebrating our country’s birthday while sweating over a barbeque while the sun beats on our shoulders. Ahhhhh, July 4th.


For most of the United States, it’s almost a guarantee that hot, summer-like temperatures will accompany the 4th of July. Always an great excuse to take a dip in the pool, or down an icy, cold lemonade.

This year will also feature some very toasty temperatures as we celebrate America. Just take a look at the temperature forecast for this 4th of July, 2017.

The forecast for Tuesday, July 4, 2017


But, it could be worse! Those in the Midwest probably recall just a few years ago when the mercury soared into the triple digits on the 4th. From Detroit to St Louis to Chicago, daily record high temperatures were set in 2012, making it the hottest 4th of July on record. This fell within one of the worst heat waves on record for the Chicago area, rivaling the August 1947 and early July 1911 stretches of 100+ degree heat.

The map below shows the highest temperature on record for the 4th of July (ranging through various years).

Hottest temperatures on record for the date on the 4th of July (through varying years)

Other notably hot July 4th records include New York City, where the temperature soared to an oppressive 102 at Central Park in the year 1949.

The longest standing high temp record of these cities shown? That record goes to Denver, holding the daily max temperature record of 102 set on July 4, 1874!


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From all of us here at WeatherNation, have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!


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