SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV)- Syracuse averages nine days with 90°+ heat throughout the entire year. This year we’ve already reached double digit 90+ degree days before we even switch the calendar to July, our hottest time of the year.
On Tuesday, June 29, the Syracuse Airport recorded a high of at least 94°, making it the 11th day so far that we’ve felt 90° heat. There’s a slight chance we reach 90 one more Wednesday, if we see enough sunshine.
Sunday, we fell one degree short of tying the record high set back in 1999 of 95° and that may have been the case Tuesday too with highs of 94 both Sunday and possibly Tuesday. Even if we don’t tie or break a record high during this heat wave, we have officially record the 2nd heat wave of the year already! A heat wave in CNY is defined as three consecutive days of a high temperature 90° or higher.
By the way, the most heat waves to occur in Syracuse in one year is 4, which occurred in 1949, 1955, 1988 and most recently in 2002. We could very well join the most heat wave in a year party this year at the pace we are on with the hottest months of the year ahead!
As of Tuesday, 2021 in Syracuse has taken over first place passing 2005 for the most number of 90°+ days by June 30th, and by the way, 2005 was the warmest summer on record. The other years all fall in the top 25 warmest summers on record.
This time last year, we had 6 days with 90° heat. We finished 2020 with a total of 21 days of 90° or better. The year with the most heat like that was 1955. The year with the most consecutive 90° heat in Syracuse is eight days.
Record warmth may not have occurred during the day over the last weekend of June but we did feel record warmth this past weekend into the start of this week. Click here for the details.