Extreme Heat Continues Across Southeast Colorado

More record temperatures where experienced across south central and southeast Colorado on this last day of June, as a strong upper level high pressure system remains anchored across the region. The strong high pressure system has brought a lengthy period of extreme heat to most of Colorado, and has helped to make June of 2012 the warmest on record across south central and southeast Colorado.

Colorado Springs broke its all-time record for maximum temperature on Tuesday, June 26th when the temperature topped out at 101 degrees.  Colorado Springs had also tied its previous all-time record high temperature of 100 degrees both Saturday and Sunday June 23rd and 24th, which made 3 out of 4 days that the high temperature in Colorado Springs reached 100 degrees or more.  Previously, Colorado Springs had only hit the century mark 4 times; namely June 23rd and 24th 1954, July 13th 1954, and most recently July 24th 2003. Over the last week, the high temperature reached 95 degrees or greater 6 days in a row (June 22-27) , which bests the previous record of 5 consecutive days of 95 degree or more temperatures recorded in July of 2005. The high temperature in Colorado Springs has topped out at 90 degrees or greater 15 times this month, which bests the previous June record of 12 days of high temperatures reaching 90 degrees or more recorded in 1981 and 2002. Through June 29th, the average temperature in Colorado Springs has been 73.0F, which makes it the warmest June on record to date, surpassing the average temperature of 70.5F recorded through the first 29 days of 2002.  With another record tying high temperature of 97 degrees today; June of 2012 will be the warmest June on record in Colorado Springs, surpassing the average temperature of 70.8F recorded in June of 2002.  

Pueblo broke its record for the day on Tuesday June 26th as well, hitting 106 degrees. The record high was broken once again on Wednesday June 27th, as Pueblo again hit 106 degrees, marking six straight days of record-breaking heat, along with 6 consective days (June 22-27) where the temperature at Pueblo's airport reached 105 degrees or more. The previous record for consecutive days of 105 degrees or higher was three days, set in 2003. The highest temperature recorded in Pueblo over the past week was 107 degrees (June 24), which is just 2 degrees off the all-time maximum temperature of 109 degrees set July 13, 2003. The high temperature in Pueblo has topped out at 100 degrees or greater for 9 straight days (June 22-30), which has tied the current record of 9 consecutive days of high temperatures reaching 100 degrees or more, recorded in July of 1990 and 2003.  The high temperature in Pueblo has topped out over the century mark 12 times in the month of June, which surpasses the previous June record of 11 days in which high temperatures were at or above 100 degrees,  set in 1981. Through June 29th, the average temperature in Pueblo has been 76.8F, which makes it the warmest June on record to date, surpassing the average temperature of 76.1F recorded through the first 29 days of 1956.  With another near record high of 102 degrees recorded today; June of 2012 will be the warmest June on record in Pueblo, surpassing the average temperature of 75.5F recorded in June of 1981.

 



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