It may not be record breaking heat, but in Central Ohio we’ve hit highs at 90° or higher for over a week staight.
The last time that we saw this many days in a row reaching at least the 90 degree mark was in 2012. We kicked off an 11 day streak on June 28 at 100°, then kept temperatures between 90-101° through July 8, 2012.
Since record keeping began, in the late 1800s, the longest streak of temperatures reaching 90° or hotter in Columbus was in 1881. July 3 through July 16, 1881 not only was over 90°, but there were 4 days straight reaching triple digits , maxing out at 103° on July 10.
In 1940, we hit 90° or higher for just shy of 2 weeks straight. The 13 day stretch lasted from July 18-30, 1940.
Right now, Columbus is getting ready to wrap up our 3rd longest streak of 90°+ heat on record. Saturday, we’re forecast to top off in the upper 80s, which means we’ll end this streak at 12 days in a row of reaching high temperatures of at least 90°.
1999 was another year that we saw 12 days in a reach at least 90°. This stretch lasted from July 21 through August 1, 1999.