Oklahoma City Records Hottest Temperature Since 1936
By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
August 08, 2012, 2:54:58 PM EDT
Thermometers in Oklahoma City on Wednesday were reading temperatures not seen for about four generations.
The high temperature of 112 degrees, reached at 3:39 p.m. local time, was the hottest temperature recorded in the city since August 11, 1936, when the all-time record high of 113 degrees was set.
OKC is in the midst of a stretch of 15 straight 100-degree days, challenging not only electrical grids but water pressure in the metropolitan area.
Watering bans are in effect, and residents have been asked to conserve electricity at peak times.
The veil of night offered little relief from the heat.
Oklahoma City tied their all-time record high minimum temperature of 83 degrees Thursday morning. Although a 24-hour record is dependent on Thursday evening's temperature leading up to Midnight as well.
Other parts of the Sooner State failed to even drop below 90 degrees before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., Tulsa was sizzling at a temperature of 91 degrees, while it was still 92 degrees in Guthrie.
Never in recorded history has there been a night where temperatures stayed at or above 90 degrees in Tulsa.
Though the all-time record wasn't reached on Wednesday, Oklahoma City has a shot at it again today with temperatures expected to top out around 112 degrees this afternoon.
Temperatures at or above 100 degrees are forecast each day for the city through at least early next week.
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