A Hot Memorial Day Weekend

Maximum temperatures of 91 and 92 degrees for the 27th and 28th at the Indianapolis International Airport were the highest for the date in 101 years.  Only in 1911 did higher temperatures occur when the mercury hit 94 degrees on both days.  The average temperature for the May 25-28 period was also the highest since 1911. 

High temperatures reached 90 degrees on three consecutive days during May 2012.  This is a relatively rare phenomenon in May occurring only 9 times since weather records began at Indianapolis in 1871.  The last occurrence was May 19-21, 1977.  The 92 degree reading on May 28 was the highest for May since 93 degrees recorded on May 31, 1988.

As of May 31, 2012, there were 70 times when the temperature reached 90 degrees during the month of May.  This happens on the average about once every two years.  The year 1941 holds the record with 6 days followed by the years 1895 and 1977 with 5 days.  The record high temperature for May is 96 degrees set on May 31, 1895 and tied on May 28, 1911. 

Years with Consecutive Days of 90 degree Weather during May
Year

Consecutive Days

1911

4

2012, 1977, 1941 (twice), 1919, 1914, 1896, 1895

3

2011, 1978, 1972, 1965, 1962, 1953, 1942, 1939, 1937, 1921

2


Years with 90 degree Weather during May

Year

 Total Days

1941

6

1895, 1977

5

1911, 1921

4

1896, 1914, 1919, 1939, 1953, 2012

3

1937, 1942, 1962, 1965, 1972, 1978, 2011

2

1889, 1900, 1918, 1925, 1934, 1936, 1952, 1959, 1967, 1969, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1994

1

 

Maximum Daily Temperature Occurrence during May of 90 degrees and Higher since 1871

Temperature

Total Days

96

2

94

4

93

5

92

10

91

11

90

38

 

Web story last updated on May 31, 2012 at 2:19pm EDT. 



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