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Could this be Bakersfield's hottest summer on record?

With 60 days of 100s, we're close to a record
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Posted at 7:29 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 08:55:29-04

Bakersfield has been suffering under scorching sunshine for months now... and by my count that puts us close to setting a new record for the most 100s recorded in one year.

It all started back on May 4, when  we surged to 104 degrees, breaking a record and starting off the summer season early with a bang. There were two more days of 100s toward the end of May, and then it just kept getting hotter.

June was a jaw dropper, with heat wave number one that lasted for 10 days. In that stretch we saw four days that topped out at 110 degrees. We broke three records that month, with a high of 109 degrees on June 19, and 110 degrees on June 21 and 22.

Though July didn't see temperatures that high, and we didn't break any records, it was over 100 degrees for most of the month. In fact we only had three days in all of July that fell below that triple digit mark! That's our hottest month on average, and it was hotter than average the whole month.

As August is winding down, we're seeing a similar trend, with long stretches of 100s dominating our weather pattern. We came close to breaking records the past two afternoons but were just shy of the mark. Today however, August 29, shattered the daily record as we topped out at 112, the hottest day of the year so far.

So as of today, this is the 60th day of 100s this summer. By Labor Day next week we will have recorded 66 days of triple digits, which is double our average of 33 days we typically get here Bakersfield.

So could this be a new record for the most 100s recorded in one year? Maybe! The National Weather Service in Hanford says Bakersfield's record for the most days at 100 degrees or higher is 76, set back in 1917. So exactly 100 years later, Bakersfield is close to tying or potentially even setting a record. We tend to get a handful of 100s in September and the 100s have occurred as late as October, so it's possible. I'll watch and see.

If you're keeping count, NWS Hanford also says the hottest day ever recorded in Bakersfield was 118, and thankfully we don't have anything like that in the forecast!

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