Washington, D.C. residents experienced 90 degrees of heat a total of 59 times this year, while the average for the city has been 36 times per year, according to WUSA9.
D.C. has not seen 100 degree temperatures since 2016, however, we cannot say the same thing for 90+ degrees.
Looks like the high temperature in DC today peaked at 96° but the heat index (aka “feels like”) temperature peaked at 106°. Going to be a long weekend of heat and humidity everyone. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/6In1kUm6Pz
— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) July 20, 2019
July 2019 was the ninth warmest in D.C. history with 98 degrees, which was also recorded in 1955. Normally, the capital’s hottest day of the year is approximately 99 degrees.
Last year, the District hit 90+ temperatures 45 times. And the highest figure was recorded in 1980 and 2010, with 67 days.
The city’s temperature has risen by 1.5 degrees since the late 1800s, which is 0.5 degrees under the +2.0 Celsius threshold, and 0.5 above the average of 1.0 degrees Celsius across the country.