On Sept. 19 the temperature reached 111 degrees in Phoenix. That seems very hot for so late in the year. Was that a record?
---Bruce Becker, Northbrook
It sure was. The 111-degree high recorded Sept. 19 in Phoenix was not only a record high in that Arizona city for the date, but it was record heat for so late in the season, besting by five days the 112-degree high established Sept. 14, 2000. Phoenix typically logs more than 90 days with temperatures in the 100s each year in a hot season that runs from early April through late October. The city's earliest 100-degree reading on record was March 26, 1988, and the latest was Oct. 23, 2003. The all-time high for Phoenix is the 122-degree reading recorded June 26, 1990.