100 degree days in Tulsa history as temperature hits triple digits for first time in 2016

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 17:49:52-04

TULSA - We did it. We finally did it.

We officially hit 100 degrees in T-Town at 2:59 p.m. Friday. It was the first time this summer we've hit triple digits. While the temperature soared to its 2016 high, we were making S'mores in a solar oven right outside our studio.

And if history has anything to say about it, it won't be the last time we'll hit the century mark this summer, much less July.

Between 1981 and 2010, these are the average number of 100-degree days by month each year:

  • JUNE - 0.2
  • JULY - 3.9
  • AUG. - 5.9
  • SEPT. - 0.7

In that 30-year span we averaged 10.8 days each year of 100-degree high temperatures. So get ready people, if history serves, we are in for close to three more days of these high temperatures in July alone. Look out for August.

The worst year for 100-degree days? That would have been 1936, when there were 65 days of blistering temps. Of the 31 days in August of that year, 26 of them were at least 100 degrees.

It was just five years ago, that we had the 6th-most number of days at or above 100 degrees. In 2011, we suffered through 44 days worth. One year later, we had 38 days. And it's gotten better - better, meaning you don't want 100-degree days - since 2012. We've only endured 17 days of triple digit heat in three years.

  • 2013 - 7 days
  • 2014 - 7 days
  • 2015 - 3 days

When can we expect the next 100-degree day? In the very near future.


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