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Roswell on track to set record for 100-degree days


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Roswell is closing in on the record for the number of days in a year with a temperature of 100 degrees or more.

Fifty-seven days with a high of at least 100 degrees have been recorded at the Roswell Air Center in 2020 as of Wednesday, said Meteorological Technician Troy Marshall of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

The record for Roswell is 60 days, set in 2011, according to NWS records.

Thursday’s high was forecast to be 100 and Friday’s forecast is 104. Sunday and Monday are forecast to be at 100 or above as well.

“With 57 total so far, we’ll probably break that or get pretty close,” Marshall said.

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The month of May had six days at 100 or above, June had 16 days, July had 19 and August has had 16 as of Wednesday.

On average since 1949, according to NWS records, May in Roswell has one day of 100 degrees or higher, June has six days, July four and August has two.

Roswell had already broken temperature records this summer, with 18 days at 105 degrees or more. Three of those were in June, 11 in July and four so far in August. The previous record was 15 days in 2016.

Five of 2020’s 105-plus days were consecutive days in July reaching 110 degrees or more, beating a 1994 record of three days for hitting 110.

That July string also set new record highs for each day. July 9, 10, 11 and 13 reached 111 degrees, while a record of 110 was set on July 12.

The previous records for those days were:

• 107 on July 9, 1951.

• 108 on July 10, 2016.

• 110 on July 11, 2016.

• 107 on July 12, 1998 and 2016.

• 109 on July 13, 1958 and 2016.

August also saw a string of record-setting temperatures. Aug. 12, 13 and 14 all reached 107 degrees, setting new records for each day.

The previous records for those days were:

• 105 on Aug. 12, 2012 and 2019.

• 104 on Aug. 13, 2015.

• 104 on Aug. 14, 2015.

On average, September has had no days of 100 degrees or more.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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