We’re all feeling the heat as summer temperatures continue to soar. Texans are no stranger to scorching summer days and normally rely heavily on a well-functioning air conditioner to stay cool and comfortable.
Curious about how hot it can get in Texas? So were we! That’s why the SaveOnEnergy team compiled a list of the top five hottest days recorded in Texas history.
This was a record summer in Texas as temperatures soared into astonishingly high numbers in Dallas and Fort Worth. For the record, the average Texas high in June clocks in around 92 degrees, so these temperatures likely took Texans by surprise.
There are two dates that tied for the fourth hottest day in Texas. In 1994, El Paso temperatures hit an impressive 114 degrees. Twenty-four years later, Waco’s summer temperature hit the same level. Hopefully residents of these two regions were prepared with some ways to beat the heat.
The month of June 1994 is on our list again with another scorching hot day. These extreme temperatures spanned over several Texas regions, but Midland–Odessa experienced the highest temperature of 116 degrees. Residents of Midland-Odessa truly learned the value of an energy-efficient air conditioner during the summer of 1994.
The summer of 1980 will certainly go down in history as one of the toastiest summers on the record! Wichita Falls’ temperature reached 117 degrees on this day – but record-high temperatures in the triple digits lasted throughout the weekend.
As crazy as it sounds, there are two dates that tie for the hottest day in Texas history. The heatwave of 1994 earned the most spots on this list, but the summer of 1936 is the earliest super-hot day in history. On August 12, 1936, Fort Worth and Seymour clocked in intimidating temperatures reaching 120 degrees.
With so many supremely hot days on the record, it’s no wonder Texas is known for its heat. During the summer months, Texans have learned it’s important to have energy-efficient air conditioners and a solid electricity plan – both of which will keep your energy bills from reaching record highs as well!
Caitlin Cosper is a writer within the energy and power industry. Born in Georgia, she attended the University of Georgia before earning her master’s in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.