Phoenix ends 31-day streak of highs at or above 110 degrees — by reaching 108

Phoenix ended a record 31-day streak of daily highs over 110 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, with the temperature topping out at 108 degrees.

Heatwave background: The heatwave began in June, impacting areas from Texas to California’s desert, with Phoenix experiencing 31 consecutive days of temperatures over 110 degrees, breaking the previous record of 18 straight days set in 1974.
* Phoenix also had a record 16 consecutive days where overnight lows did not fall below 90 degrees.

Effects of the heatwave: Extreme temperatures have had a significant impact on the local population, especially those vulnerable such as the homeless and individuals with health conditions.
* Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, reported 25 heat-related deaths this year as of July 21, and another 249 deaths are under investigation.
* Rudy Soliz, who manages the center where people cool off, mentioned they had to make at least five 911 calls in July for heat stroke cases.

Heatwave forecast: The break in the extreme heat is expected to be short-lived, with temperatures anticipated to rise above 110 degrees later in the week.
* National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Hirsch suggested that August could potentially be even hotter than July.

Global perspective: The heatwave in Phoenix is just one of many extreme weather events observed in the U.S. in July.
* In California, Death Valley recorded temperatures of 125.6 degrees Fahrenheit, nearing some of the highest temperatures ever recorded.
* Meanwhile, regions like Pennsylvania and the Northeast experienced dangerous floods and mudslides.

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