PHOENIX (AP) — A day after breaking a 72-year record with 25 November days of 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) or higher, Phoenix has set a mark for the warmest Dec. 1.
The National Weather Service says Phoenix hit a high of 85 F (30 C) on Wednesday, breaking the daily heat record of 83 F (28 C) set in 1949.
The city had 80-plus degree weather for the first 22 days of last month, topping out at 91 F (33 C) on Nov. 5.
The 25 days of temperatures of at least 80 degrees broke Phoenix’s November record of 24 such days, also set in 1949.
Above-average temperatures are expected to continue in Phoenix leading into the official start of winter on Dec. 21.
Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, said La Nina climate conditions have emerged for the second consecutive year and that brings drier and warmer winter weather.