A sign of how blistering hot it’s been lately: Miami set a record on Saturday for the number of consecutive days – 35 – with temperatures of 90 degrees or higher.
That broke the old record of 34 days, set from Aug. 5 to Sept. 7, 1952.
The streak continued on Monday, as Miami now has seen 37 straight days of 90-plus readings. West Palm Beach actually as seen a longer streak with 39 days as of Monday, but that’s far from the city’s record of 71 days set in 1951.
Fort Lauderdale, meanwhile, had a streak of only at seven days as of Monday, as temperatures plummeted to a brisk 88 degrees on Aug. 7.
Guess what Tuesday's forecast calls for: That’s right, afternoon temperatures in the low 90s across the entire region.
While it’s unusual for the heat to be on so consistently, the fact that it’s been hot this summer is nothing new, meteorologist Robert Molleda of the National Weather Service in Miami said. He noted that average high temperature in Miami in July and August is 91 degrees.
Further, compared to the hot-streak in Texas, South Florida by comparison is rather cool; Dallas-Fort Worth saw 40 consecutive days of 100-plus temperatures, a streak that finally ended on Aug. 11. (That area’s record is 42 consecutive days, set in 1980.)