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Old 03-15-2008, 07:01 PM
 
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What's the hottest temperature you've ever experienced? Where?

For me, it was two summers ago in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. The temperature made it up to 119, which was a record for city of Los Angeles. I quickly made my way to the beach (no more than 7 or 8 miles away) and it was 85 degrees.

I believe the temperature made it up to 118 here in Phoenix last summer. However, Scottsdale is always a couple of degrees cooler, so it was probably 114 or 115 at my house.
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Subarctic maritime Melbourne
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Hottest I had was 115 at Mildura in northwestern Vic. I was only 10 at the time so can't remember much, but it got to 111 in Melbourne in Jan 2003 so that's the hottest it got in recent times when I was old enough to appreciate it.
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: East Central Phoenix
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Having lived in the Phoenix area all my life, I know all about how hot (and long) the summers are. However, rarely does it rise above 118 degrees for the year's maximum temperature. The hottest it has ever been here was 122 degrees one day in the summer of 1990. I remember leaving work that afternoon. The air felt like the inside of a blast furnace ... or the inside of a crockpot on simmer!

Since then, it has been 120 degrees one other time, and that was in July, 1995. In most years, our highest temperature is about 115 or 116. But what really makes the summers more intolerable anymore is the urban heat island effect, which prevents the late night/early morning temperatures from dropping to comfortable levels like they used to.
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Outside?

104 F in Washington D.C. don't know the humidity level but it was "not-dry."

I've also experienced 103 F in central NC with 30-35% humidity. The shade felt toasty and dry.

That 104 F in Washington must have been with over 40% humidity, since it did not resemble the "toasty heat" of central NC.
The air stung my nostrils if I breathed in too deeply, but other than that I found it no big deal.

In Toronto, 100 F back in 1989. If I had to guess, humidity around 40-50%.
Also in Toronto, 98 F with a dewpoint of 84 F, equaling 64.5 % humidity.

*IMHO, it is never "too hot" in Toronto. Quite hot? Yes, but it always seems managable.
*Also, the heat I saw in D.C. wasn't really "too hot," though I might have found it "borderline too-hot" had I spent all day in it.

Inside:

A dry-sauna around 150 F, with 20-25% humidity, equal to a dewpoint close to 90 F.
Heat like this no longer stings my nose, perhaps because I've exposed myself to this kind of heat in dry-saunas several times since I was in D.C.

Also a "steam-room" of unknown temperature, but it felt like I was in a pot of boiling water and someone put the lid on over top of me. It was raining water that burned a little as it fell on me; easily 110 F. There was also tons of hot vapour that I had no trouble extracting oxygen from, aside from it sometimes stinging some of my air passages.

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Old 03-15-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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The hotest I recall was 113 in Childress, Texas one summer. Something I don't care to repeat. It was windy as well, something I imagine like a convection oven, there were tumble weeds going by. It felt like hell on earth except for rather LARGE Dairy Queen we had stopped to eat at on our trip from Denver back to Dallas.
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:12 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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Right here in HOT-Houston, summer of 2000 we hit 112 or maybe even higher that summer, the heat index was very dangerous, around 120!
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:29 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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this past august it got to 108 with a heat index of 118 here, i remember once i was in Orangeburg, SC and it was 106 with a heat index of 125, I got heat exhaustion that day.
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Bourbonnais, IL
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Hottest that I remember was 107 at my house last summer. We've had temps above 110 in my lifetime but I don't remember them. I've been to hotter climates than here, just never in the Summer.
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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What's the hottest temperature you've ever experienced? Where?

For me, it was two summers ago in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. The temperature made it up to 119, which was a record for city of Los Angeles. I quickly made my way to the beach (no more than 7 or 8 miles away) and it was 85 degrees.

I believe the temperature made it up to 118 here in Phoenix last summer. However, Scottsdale is always a couple of degrees cooler, so it was probably 114 or 115 at my house.
The same day it was 119 degrees in Woodland Hills (on July 22, 2006), it was 113 degrees over here in Sherman Oaks! I don't know if I can say that I really experienced that, though, because I never went outside. Still, when I went in the section of the apartment that isn't air-conditioned (hallway, bathroom, and both bedrooms), the heat was intolerable.

I do remember one summer when I drove through the Central Valley here in California in a car with no air conditioning (what was I thinking?!), and I drank a half gallon of water, and sweated out all of it! It had to be 105-110, and the humidity was high because of all the irrigation.
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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115 degrees recorded in my back yard on Sept. 3, 1988.

Also 111.5 degrees on July 22, 2006.

I was in the desert with my family in Twenty-Nine Palms when I was about 10 years old, but I don't think it was in the middle of the summer.
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